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Revival Address

I share here a stirring address on Revival that was part of a Revival Conference that occurred in America in the late 1980s. I have transcribed the address from an original tape recording. I have listened to this tape several times, and have been profoundly moved every time. The speaker fasted in the days prior to his address. That much becomes obvious from the very second he begins to speak. There is an unction, a holy seriousness, in his voice that is utterly compelling. It runs the whole way through his talk. I can honestly say I have never heard a more Sprit-breathed talk on revival in my life. It is literally weighted with the presence and power of God. It doesn’t translate quite as well onto paper, but the heart of the message still comes over, loud and clear. Here it is, in full.

God, we magnify Your holy Name. We exalt Thee, Lord, for there is none like unto Thee. Thou, Lord, are worthy to receive glory and honour and power and dominion. Oh, we uphold Thy holy name in the sanctuary, oh God. We ask Thee, oh Lord to walk in the midst of Thy people. We pray Lord that You’d send Your fire from heaven. That oh God it would consume us in these days. That oh Father Your anointing would touch us and fill us oh God. That Your glory would be our protection. And a ring of fire around us, oh Father. Oh Father, as we go forth to the nations, oh Lord, it may burn into the hearts of the people. That God we’d be melted in Your presence. That we’d be laid low oh Father God. For it’s time to see you, Lord. It’s time to see You God. It’s time for all the nations to behold You. Raise up Your saints, glorious in praise, full of power and the life of the living God. Hallelujah! Amen.

I tell you, we’re living in exciting times. God is moving by His Spirit on the nations of the earth and we need to be part of what God is doing. As I’ve been meditating and separated with God these last few weeks - it seems that when God calls you to a fast, He calls me to one as well! So I remember well how God had called you all to fasting, and I’ve done mine since I was last here. Hallelujah! So I pray God for the anticipation of the Spirit in the midst, and beloved, I tell you, God is looking for a people who are going to be absolutely radical, who have paid the price to touch Him, to touch His holiness; to touch His glory; to touch His fire in these days. Because we’re living in the Laodicean age of the Church, where it’s man’s rights, and it’s man’s abilities, and it’s man’s power. And God longs to break through all of that of man more than we long for Him to break through - to show Himself mighty on behalf of those who love Him and those who serve Him. Hallelujah!

May we know that God in this hour shall do exploits. I tell you, it’s not of us. It’s not of flesh, it’s not of man. But it’s of the mighty Spirit of God that He longs to meet us in the sanctuary of the Lord, beloved. He longs to pour Himself into our lives as He’s never done before, because we are living in the last moments of time.

Just as I was sitting here tonight, listening to the worship, God spoke. He said to me, ‘If you will listen longer, and if you’ll flow’, he said, ‘you’re going to hear My heart coming down through the music. It’s no longer going to be an expression of you to Me, but it’s going to be an expression of My heart to you. And it’s going to melt you, and it’s going to break you, and you’re going to weep in My presence, because My heart is going to be poured out into you, and you’ll catch the burden of My heart. You’ll catch the burden of my heart. You’ll catch the feeling of My heart’.

Beloved, God is trying desperately to share His heartbeat with the Church of Jesus in this hour. But we’ve so cluttered our lives with programs, and systems, and man, beloved, that we can’t hear God anymore. We can’t flow with the Spirit anymore. We can’t abide what God wants to do. We can’t even stay in His presence because we can’t break through the realm of the flesh to get into the presence of God. But I tell you, if we’re prepared to pay the price; if we’re prepared to seek God in the sanctuary, and cry before Him, not for one hour, not for two hours, but for hour upon hour of the day, beloved, until God comes down, and tabernacles with His people, we’re going to see the Spirit of God do it. For it’s not by man’s might, nor by man’s power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. Hallelujah!

And I tell you, one of the most beautiful things in these days is to see the Spirit of God precede the sanctuary of God, and the Spirit of God is bringing the people in, and the Spirit of God is healing, and the Spirit of God is doing miracles, and the Spirit of God is moving to bring revival – Hallelujah - in the nations of the world.

I just heard of the great revival that is taking place in China this very moment. I tell you, I can’t wait to get there! They say that literal fire is coming out of the ground, in China, and consuming whole villages of heathens that will not repent. It was so bad in one part of China that they called in United Nations experts to find out what this fire was – was it some natural phenomenon? Was there some oil underground, or gas, that this fire springs out and begins to travel around, and consumes whole villages? And the United Nations team went in there and they came out with this report. They said ‘We have no answer to the fire. We can only tell you that it’s like the fire of God that is spoken of in the word of God’.

This year a river flooded its banks in one of the most awesome floods of centuries. The waters flooded down into the lower areas, sweeping village after village, surrounding them and swamping them. But the villages where there were Christians, the waters just made channels around the villages and passed on, and the next village down the way was wiped out. And another village further along was saved. So awesome is the revival that is taking place in communist China that the Church authorities are terrified of the Christians. They say, ‘Leave them alone, let them do what they want, but keep them out of our hands!’ That’s God, Hallelujah! And why has God come down in China, beloved? Why has God come down in the land of persecution, and suffering? Because it yet continues. There’s such a desperate need for bibles in China. People are paying on the black market up to eight months’ salary to buy one bible. Eight months’ salary to buy a bible! They are copying the bible - if they can get hold of it – in a matter of two weeks. They sit 24-hours a day, and they copy and copy and copy the word of God, if they can get hold of the text. And still, despite the fear, beloved, the Chinese are still banning the freedom of worship as much as they can. Even though they fear. And what is the secret? Why is it happening in China? Because at three o’clock in the morning, the Chinese Christians are awake, and in the sanctuaries of God, and in their homes, and in the meeting places, and they’re crying out to God – six, seven, eight hours a day. And their cry to God is ‘Revive the nations, oh God. Save the nations oh God. Save the nations!’

They are crying out for a great wave of God in Asia, beloved. God is touching them. Three and four-year-old children, speaking the word of God with such authority that men and women fall down in their presence, and confess their sin. Such signs of discernment, and words of knowledge, that little four-year-old children are going up to adults and pin-pointing sin in their lives. And the people are repenting and crying out to God for forgiveness. Why? Because when we need God, and pay the price to touch God, beloved, when we meet Him in the holy place, God’s going to fill us, not with our wisdom, not with our knowledge, but with His Spirit. And the Holy Spirit cannot be fooled. Hallelujah! We can’t deceive the Holy Ghost, and oh how we need a move of the Holy Ghost in our sanctuary. In our churches. We need the wind of the Spirit to blow. That the fire of God may be kindled anew and afresh in the hearts and lives of His people.

Turn with me to Ezekiel chapter 44. God has really been stirring our hearts on revival. Since I last saw you I’ve travelled much of the Eastern part of the United States. Just doing research on the revivalists. Visiting the great places of outpouring, particularly in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New England provinces. Where God visited in the last century, and in the eighteenth century, with great and mighty awakenings. And I tell you, I love to get into those old place, because the spirit and the anointing is still there. In some of these churches, beloved, two and three hundred years old, the presence of God is so awesome, you can hardly stand it. You see, when God visits, the Holy Spirit remains. It hovers. And one of the things God showed us, is that the Spirit of God is hovering around, waiting to do mightier things than He did way back then. But all He needs is some of God’s people to break through what Satan has done to cover it over. God showed us so clearly that the devil does his best, and we found that in some of the greatest revival places there is the hardest sinfulness of all. Homosexuals, lesbians, immorality like you wouldn’t believe, and it’s where the greatest revivals took place. And God said to us, ‘It’s because the devil knows that my Holy Ghost is resident and doesn’t want and outpouring like before, and he’s doing everything to cover it over’. But instead, if you’ll give Him all, and you’ll pray and pray and pray, He said, ‘I’ll break the hearts and I’ll open an outpouring – an outpouring of revival like there’s never been seen’. It’s coming, beloved. It’s coming! I tell you, it’s right at the door, and all we’ve got to do as the Welsh revivalist, Evan Roberts said, is pump it in prayer, pump it in prayer, pump it in prayer. The great Welsh revival at the turn of the century where Evan Roberts, a young man of around twenty years old, got a hold of God, or should I say, God got a hold of him, and he prayed for four years. He left everything he was doing to pray. For four years he prayed, and he prayed and prayed, until the Holy Ghost came down and one evening, in a little tiny church in Wales, as he came into the meeting, and began to cry out to God, and the theme of his heart that the Spirit of God had laid upon him, was ‘Oh Lord, bend us! Bend us! Bend us Lord! And as he cried out that cry in that prayer meeting, the tears began to flow down from heaven, in great pools on the floor, and the Spirit of God began to move in that little meeting, and where there had been six or seven people regularly, the next evening there were over 100 crying out and everybody was melted in the presence of God, and soon the doors were overflowing with people and hundreds gathered outside the church, for the Holy Ghost had come. Hallelujah! And nobody sent out a messenger, and nobody printed out leaflets, and no television monitored it, beloved, and no radio declared it, but the Holy Ghost brought them in!

Just like in Massachusetts, under the great preacher Jonathan Edwards, on a cold winter’s morning with the snow thick on the ground, as people scurried around at half past four in the morning, and they asked, ‘Where are you going?’ They said, ‘We’re going to a revival meeting at half-past four on a winter’s morning. And they said ‘Who told you?’ and they said, ‘Nobody told us: in the night hours God visited us and told us to come’. Oh, I tell you, we’re God’s moving the Spirit of God will draw the people! One of the great themes of the Welsh revival, one of the great burdens of the heart of God, for Wales at the turn of the century was, ‘Tell my people that I want them to want me. Tell my people that I want them to want me’. God said, ‘I’m tired of my people coming to the House of God to get something out of me. I’m tired of them coming for me to bless them. I’m tired of them coming for me to give them out of my hand a bounty. Tell my people to come and worship me!’

It hasn’t changed. We still come on Sunday mornings to get a blessing from God. We still come with all our weights, and all our burdens, and all our hang-ups, that God might touch us and give us a momentary deliverance. And beloved, God’s looking for a people in this hour who will love Him; who will magnify Him; who will worship Him; who will turn the tables on their flesh and on satan and on the powers of darkness, and who will get into the sanctuary and shake heaven, until heaven shakes us! Until heaven shakes us!

Oh, we need a shaking from God on High. Oh, I tell you, we need a God’s tabernacling with us because it’s going to move us into another dimension of knowledge of God of being able to flow with our God, of letting go of everything of the world and everybody that has had a chain on us beloved, so that God and God alone has claim on our lives. That’s what He wants to do in this hour. Because He needs a people that are totally His. He needs a people totally devoted unto Him. He needs a people who will be so radical with Him, that their first responsibility and their first desire, and their first cry is God of the heavens! Oh, praise His name! That’s why Daniel was able to do mighty exploits - because his devotion was unto God holy, and I think there are few men in the entire God’s word who are as mighty as Daniel, who are as able to see through for administrations and still come out as Prime Minister of each, and every one of them, to change the heathen, and bring them to the knowledge of God. Hallelujah!

That’s what it’s about, beloved. After every revival, there comes an awakening for the nations in the world. And revival produces a different calibre Christian. There’s no doubt about it. It spoils us forever. I tell you, I’ve been in revival. I’ve been in true revival. I’ve travelled the world, and I’ve never experienced anything that was just like it. I’ve come to the point where I’ve said, ‘God, if you don’t pour out your Spirit again upon a group of people or company of people, that I might be part of it, and see it, I guess I’m just going to have to wait till I get to heaven, to have what I had before’. That’s revival, beloved. It’s not just one good meeting with God, it’s not just one fiery meeting, it’s not just one anointing. It’s a continual abiding of the Holy Ghost in the midst of the sanctuary of the Lord. You’re in and you’re out. And when God brought us revival it was four years of consistent fellowship with the highest heights of God, and the only reason it ended was because He scattered us to the nations of the world. Hallelujah!

Ezekiel 44, verse 5. And the Lord said unto me, Son of man, mark well, and behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears all that I say unto thee concerning all the ordinances of the house of the Lord, and all the laws thereof; and mark well the entering in of the house, with every going forth of the sanctuary.

Revelation 5. The minister is called not to measure the outer court. It does not feature in God’s dispensation. The only thing that features is the holy place and the most holy, beloved. And if we look at the Old Testament pattern of Moses’ tabernacle, which I believe with all my heart is a pattern of heaven - in the Outer Court there was the 30-fold. In the holy place is the 60-fold, and in the holy of holies is the 100-fold. Hallelujah!

The light of the outer court was the light of the sun. The light of the holy place was the seven-branch candle-stick, and we know how much the Lord speaks of Christ standing in the midst of the candle-stick in the book of Revelation, and I want to tell you, that in this hour in which we’re living, there are many candle-sticks that have gone out. Jesus no longer stands in the midst of them and the people are so blind that they do not know it. They’re so blind they do not know it. Because we’re so used to doing things by our own efforts and our own strengths, and our own abilities. When Rees Howells, the great intercessor, visited Africa in 1910, the first thing he did in this new mission station was to get down on his knees, and he began to pray, and for eighteen months he did nothing but pray, and pray and pray and pray. And after eighteen months, the glory of God came down and the power of God came down and one night it happened just as it was on the other night, when the Spirit of God hit a young girl at the back of the church, and she began to cry out, under the awesome presence of the Holy Ghost. And revival came. People were caught right through the roof of the building. One crippled girl was pulled up, her legs all knarled and bent. She was pulled clean through the roof and was found to be walking on the outside – healed and set free. And for six years the Spirit of God moved on that place, and God did mighty things there, beloved, and that same Spirit still rests there, and all that anyone has to do is pump it and it’s going to come down.

The light of the holy of holies is the Shekinah of God. And that’s where we need to be. Who was in the outer-court – I believe the five foolish virgins – and the holy place is the five wise virgins. But beloved, who is in the holy of holies, it’s the watchman… It’s the watchman on the walls. It’s the watchman who’s crying out day and night that God may visit, and there’s a wind that’s blowing. Hallelujah! The bible speaks in Song of Songs, 4th chapter, that the wind came into the garden to blow the fragrances beloved, of the spices. How spicy is our garden before God? How spicy are we tonight before the Lord? If the wind of the Spirit has to blow in our lives, how much fragrance can He find, to take to the world?

44 v6. ‘And thou shalt say to the rebellious, even to the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; O ye house of Israel, let it suffice you of all your abominations’.

See, we have to understand, that after the death of Solomon, there was a division. The kingdom of Israel in the North, and the kingdom of Judea in the South. The Kingdom of Israel set up the worship of two golden calves, and they exhorted all of Israel to come up and worship the calves. Isn’t it amazing how the god of Egypt remained in Israel all those years because they never cleaned it out. Beloved, there is some gods inside of our lives that we’ve never cleaned out, and God’s not going to visit us and pour out His glory and Holy Spirit until we clean out the idols! If we want to cross the river it’s time to clean out the idols just as Jacob said to his wives, ‘Clean out the idols from the midst of you’. Beloved, it’s time to clean out the idols, and how are we going to clean out the idols? Some of us have wrestled with idols all of our lives. And we’ve found that they just don’t want to go. Beloved, the way we clean out the idols is to get a hold of God more than the idols of our lives. To get a hold of the glory; to get a hold of the anointing; to get a hold of Him who sits upon the Throne.

Verses 7-8. In that ye have brought into my sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it, even my house, when ye offer my bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken my covenant because of all your abominations. 8 And ye have not kept the charge of mine holy things: but ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.

‘Ye have not kept the charge of mine holy things’. Oh, God, help us! I believe there’s a cry that is going out from the heart of God in this hour, that we have not kept the charge of the holy things, beloved, but that we have set up keepers in the house of God. And what is a keeper? A keeper is a hireling. His heart is not in it! His life in not in it! He’s in it for himself! It’s an abomination. And just as God cried through his servant, Evan Roberts, ‘Tell my people to worship me’, ‘Tell my people to worship Me’. The cry of God is going out. I can hear it in the music. I can hear it in the prayers; I can hear it on the wind of the Spirit. ‘Tell My people to come back to me; to know Me; to love Me; to get fired by Me’. Instead, we’re in the house of God to see what we can get out of it. It’s no wonder, beloved, that we suffer from so many doctrines of devils this day. It’s no wonder there’s so much corruption. It’s no wonder that we’re plunged from one distraction and one doctrine of devils, into another. First it was the Faith movement. Then it was the Prosperity movement. And the only way it can go from here is the Kingdom Age teaching. It’s lining up, beloved. With the world’s system. It’s lining up with the world’s system. And it’s right on our very door. And I tell you, I perceive it as one who comes from outside, but there’s only going to be one thing in this nation – revival or revolution. Revival or revolution! And I tell you, this drought has been sent of God to shake the very foundation of the nation. Mark my words. We come from a continent of drought and a continent of suffering. We’ve been able over the years to discern. And it’s the hand of God. That He might strip us until we cry out to Him, and see His love and His mercy, and His kingdom, and His grace, because we’ve not done in the sanctuary of God what He’s called us to do, and He can’t find a people to whom He can flow, and whom He can move, and to whom He can bring His fire.

Verse 9. Thus saith the Lord God; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.

And there are many strangers in the house of God today. Many people who are far from God. They have a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof, beloved. And God has sent the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and He’s touching us with many moves, and He’s given us the gifts of the ministries, beloved, but we still carry on and carry on and carry on, and God’s looking for a radical people who are let loose. Because it’s not our work and it’s not our pulpits, and it’s not our churches. It’s the Holy Ghost. He’s building His Church, Hallelujah! And the gates of hell shall not prevail against Him.

So therefore, why are the gates of hell prevailing against so many ministries and so many churches, and so many institutions in this hour? Because they’re not building a foundation on the rock of our salvation. And Jesus says, ‘Unless we fall on the rock and we are broken, the rock will fall on us and crush us to powder’. This is the day of rock-falls. Beloved, we’d better get broken. We’d better get melted. We’d better get bent. As we’ve been interceding and praying in the last months, God has been bringing certain words into our vocabulary. One of them is ‘Melt us oh, God!’ I tell you, the Spirit is catching it up. He wants a people who will cry (catch?) it up. He wants a people who are going to get touched in the depths of their hearts. Who are going to be melted in the presence of God. And it may begin and start out to be a lot of flesh, but beloved, as we persevere and as we cry and as we shake the heavens, as we lay before the Lord, and open ourselves bare before Him, He’s going to touch us with an outpouring of His fire and He’s going to melt us in His presence, and with God, numbers are no concern. It doesn’t take a multitude to bring a revival. It takes one man, it takes one woman; it takes one blade of grass that’s fired to God, beloved. And I tell you He wants to bring a revival. Not only in the midst of the churches, but He wants to bring a national revival. He wants to bring a revival in the cities. He wants to bring a revival in the countries. He wants to bring a revival in the nations. He’s preparing for a mighty outpouring of the Spirit that will bring the former and the latter rains together, Hallelujah! But there’s always got to be a forerunner. That’s why there was a John the Baptist.

Verse 10 “And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity’’.

There are two words in the Bible – iniquity and sin. Iniquity is that which is deep down inside of us that causes us to do things according to our own motivations, and our own desires. It causes us to fulfil ministry that was never called of God, but has been conjured up; by ourselves. And in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus said, ‘Depart from me, ye workers of iniquity, for I knew you not!’ According to the works that they did. Because the work that they did were not of heaven. The Bible in that portion of Scripture does not say they were cast out into the outer darkness. They were cast into the outer fringes of heaven, beloved. Into the thirty-fold. Into paradise – the outer court. And I tell you that much of what is going on in the Church in this hour is works of iniquity. Because we do not know the mind of our God. We do not know the burden of God’s heart, and one little thing to God can be more important than whole situations, beloved, because God will move in the most unexpected way, and in this hour we need to know what is the mind of our God. We need to get into the bosom of the Father. To know what are the secrets of the Secret Place. For God is sharing His heart with His servants in this hour – if we will pay the price to listen. I we will spend the time; if we will get up into the high places and praises and worship, where God can pour out into our very lives what He’s saying.

Let’s call upon the wind. Psalm 149 speaks of the High praises of God, which is the new song. And beloved, we think we sing a new song in the house of God. I tell you, we haven’t even begun to know what a new songs is. Because if we really sing a new song, a new song is going to captivate the pulse of heaven, and it’s going to beat and throb through our very bodies, our very souls, our very spirits, and we’re going to sing it or two or three hours, until it courses through our very veins, and shakes us to the very foundations – until there’s no strength left in us and we’ll have to fall in the very presence of the Almighty God. And He’ll speak His word into our lives and cause us to go here and cause us to go there.

We won’t need plane-tickets; we won’t need money. I asked the Lord, ‘Well, God, how are you going to do this world-wide revival, because the kind of word that we’re getting from God is that it’s going to be a quick work. Like around thirty days. World-wide revival. God said to me, ‘My son, do you think my Spirit is limited?’ I said, ‘No Lord’. He said, ‘All I need is a vessel. All I need is a firebrand, and I don’t need to speak much’. He said, ‘I can revival a whole nation with one word. I can preach a whole sermon with one word – REPENT!’ I tell you, beloved, if that word is spoken with the fire and the glory and the power of the Holy Ghost behind it, it’s going to melt people in their very presence. It’s going to cause people to fall just like they fell down before John the Baptist, when he cried, ‘Repent!’ And God said, ‘I’ll catch up my servants by the power o the Spirit, just like I did to Phillip’. He said, ‘I can cover six, seven, eight nations in one evening. You preach one hour here and I’ll move you onto another nation. You preach one hour there’. He said, ‘You bring revival to one congregation with such fire and such force and such dynamism’. He said ‘I’ll carry revival to the nations in days’. Oh, that’s God. That’s God! You can be in Nigeria tonight, sister, and preach one message in Nigeria tonight to one congregation, and bring such revival, and the Holy Ghost can have you back here before any et-liner, in your bed and asleep in the same night, so that you didn’t even know that you went. That’s God! That’s revival, Hallelujah!

When Jonathan Edwards preached his messages in the Eastern part of the States; and George Whitefield in particular, they preached to above 80,000 people. No microphones, no loud-halers. Just their voices. It was said that on a still day with the wind blowing, and carrying the voice off Whitefield, he could at times be heard up to six miles away. That’s the Holy Ghost. Six miles, beloved. He would hold Communion for 50,000 people on a hill-side. They broke the loaves and the fishes. They multiplied it, beloved. Because the fire of the Holy Ghost was with them. Why? Because these men had learned to stay in the sanctuary of the living God. They’d learned to be in the midst of the fire. They’d learned to stand in the glory. They’d learned to know the anointing. They’d learned to flow in it. There wasn’t a single bit of iniquity between them. They were there for God and God alone.

Whitefield preached 18,000 sermons in his lifetime. Averaging four a day, every day of his life. He said when he was sick the best method of healing was to work up a sweat in the pulpit – and sweat it out. And he never missed preaching when he was sick, or when he was well. He never messed a message his entire life. That’s God. That’s commitment. That’s dedication. Because they were not hirelings. They were there for the glory of God. Oh, that there would be a people of this hour who will not touch the glory. Oh, that there would be ministers who would give all honour to God, who would rise up to honour the living God of the heavens. Who would not desire to have one bit off credit or one portion of the glory. But that we would give it all to Him, and honour Him with our lives, that we live, and the very breath that we take, and God is going to fill us. But this is the problem in the Church today.

Verse 12 Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore have I lifted up mine hand against them, saith the Lord GOD, and they shall bear their iniquity”.

They shall carry it. They shall be marked. I tell you, wherever I’m travelling, I’m seeing pastors in the pulpit who have been marked by their iniquity, beloved. Instead of carrying on their foreheads holiness unto God, they’re carrying for public display the sins and the iniquities of their lives. Because they never got to grips with God. And God cannot use them in the new move that’s He’s bringing. Because He needs separated vessels. He need sanctified vessels, beloved. And I want to tell you, where He’s going to find the vessels. He’s not going to find them in the pulpit. He’s going to find them in the midst of the people. He’s going to find them out in the midst of the people. It’s you God is looking for, beloved. It’s your lives God’s wanting. It’s your dedication he wants. It’s your commitment He wants. It’s your ministry. For according to my bible you’re supposed to be doing the work of the ministry. Not me. I’m here for show! Beloved, the ministers are you, not me. The ministers are the people. You’re the priests. The Bible says according to Revelation that we’re called to be priests and a kingdom of priests. This is the big difference.

Verse 15. ‘But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD’’

There was a division in the priesthood. The sons of Levi, who went after the golden calves of the kingdom of Israel and worshipped them, they lost their coveted place in the sanctuary of God. And God relegated them to minister unto the people and to minister unto the vessels in the house. And beloved, there are many people today who can do no more than to minister to the people, and minister to the house of God. But God is looking for a priesthood. A real priesthood. A separated priesthood. A sanctified priesthood. A kingdom of priests, beloved, who will do whatever. Who will minister unto Him. Who will worship Him. Who will minister to Him day and night. “Lift up your heads in the holy place, and bless the Lord, and bless the Lord”. That’s what he’s calling the sons of Zadoc to do. Because they had been faithful. Because they kept the chastity(?) of the House of Israel.

Verse 16 They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me,

And what is the table? The table is the place of feasting. The table is the place of food. The table is the place of honour. Beloved, there are many places of honour, just as there are vessels of honour and vessels of dishonour in any house. And God has spread a table, and He’s inviting us to come and banquet. He’s inviting us to come and feast. He’s inviting us to sit down with Him, to commune with Him, and to sup with Him! But we’re so busy at the business of the house, ‘we’re so buy with the business of men that we forgot that our calling was to worship and serve the living God. For that was the purpose for which we were created, beloved – to give due honour unto Him. Listen, when God came down that day to meet with Adam and Eve in the garden and were hiding themselves because of their sin – there was a cry of desperation that went out from the heart of God. It was not a matter of fact-saying(?), beloved. It was a desperate cry from the heart of God. WHERE ART THOU? And the heart of God is crying in this hour – Where Art Thou, oh thou that art called to fellowship? Where art thou, who are called to my table? Where art thou, who are called to communion? Where art THOU?

We’re so busy we haven’t given time to our living God. So busy with our ministries and with our things and with the world and with living, that we forgot about the source of life. So busy fighting and struggling with the affairs of this world and trying to make ends meet, and running jobs, and doing all the kinds of things that we think are necessary to keep ourselves happy – that we’ve missed God. I have to say, God was never the citizen of a great metropolis. He was the citizen of a garden. He made us to live in gardens – not in concrete jungles. That’s why it’s in the garden that we often find God. But oh, the heart-cry of God in this hour, is for somebody in whom He can invest Himself. God wants you, that He might invest in you, beloved. And what is it going to take? It’s going to take a radicalism like we’ve never experienced before. It’s going to take a ruthless ness, to cut away from our lives everything that’s holding on, and everything that we’re holding onto for dear life.

Beloved, we’re creatures of self-preservation to the point of desperation that we’ve resisted the move of the Spirit of God. We’re so busy holding on, and so busy preserving, and so busy trying to make something for ourselves, beloved. But oh, it’s time God called us to cast it aside. Cast thy bread to the water. Well, that’s a foolish notion in the natural – because a lot of bread on the water will _____ the ducks coming into it. But He says, ‘cast thy bread to the water’, and then He said a strange thing. He said, ‘Get a portion to seven and also to eight. Well, what is seven? Seven is God’s number. What’s he saying? He’s saying ‘invest now, while we still have life’. One of the wisest women in the world of God was Mary, who anointed the feet of Jesus. He said to her, ‘Against the day of my burial has she done this’. Everybody else rushed to the tomb on Sunday morning to anoint the body of Jesus. How worthless. We spend our lives trying to anoint the dead! We spend our lives investing in the dead! We spend our lives, beloved, rushing to the tomb of this world, pouring everything into that which is dead!

But Mary anointed the living Christ. It’s too late when we’re dead to say, ‘I wish’. It’s too late at a funeral service to say, ‘if only I had made right’. And it’s the same with our God, beloved. This is the hour to invest in to the kingdom of God like we’ve never done before. To put it where there’s fruit. Where you can see fruit. I’m tired of Christians investing where they can’t see fruit. This is where you see fruit. Going out to the missions of the world. Bringing in the harvests. Hallelujah!

And He said, ‘Give also a portion unto eight’. Well what is eight? Eight is the number of new beginnings. Eight is the millennial kingdom. 8 is the eternal kingdom of God. And He said, ‘Give a portion unto 7. Give also a portion unto 8. And how did Jesus say it. He said, ‘Store up your treasure in heaven, where moth and rust does not corrupt’. Hallelujah! Beloved, where there’s an eternal reward that will not pass away.

Verse 16. “They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge”.

Oh, that we would being to minister unto the living God. Oh, that we would like Mary to come and anoint the feet of the Lord our God. With our adoration, with our worship with our praise, with our tears, with our sacrifice, with our blood. I want to tell you, there’s going to be martyrs in the land. There’s going to be martyrs in this land. There’s going to be people called to lay down their lives for the gospel of Jesus Christ – right here in the United States of America. It’s coming. The book of Revelation speaks about the vials that were opened and it called them the odour of the saints. I said, ‘Lord, what’s the odour of the saints?’ And He said, ‘The odour of the saints that ascends up to me is the praise and worship of God’s people. He said, ‘It’s the tears’. He said, ‘For I catch every single tear that is shed in my presence’. He said, ‘It’s the blood and the martyrs and it’s the intercessions of my people which have changed the earth, to bring the wind of the Holy Ghost.

And beloved, when we’ve stood in the sanctuary of God and we’ve ministered unto God, and we’re filled with God, and we’ve got the glory and fire of God, because no person can stand in the presence of God, just like Moses was, but Moses wasn’t in the presence of God for just a few hours, or just a few days. He was in the presence of God day in, day out for 120 days. So that he came out of the presence of God and so strong was the glory that he had to cover his countenance. The fire came down! The glory came down! When we get a hold of God, God’s going to fill us with His anointing, and with His glory.

And I want to tell you, beloved friends, it’s not going to mean coming to the house of God on Sunday mornings, and Wednesday nights. It’s going to take daily being in the presence of God. Daily crying out to God. It’s going to take a move inside of us that’s so desperate, and so hungry for God that everything else goes by the by. That the places of this world are tasteless. That we no more have an appetite to switch on the TV, and read the newspapers, and listen to the radio, and go to the sports meetings. You say, ‘How dull!’ No, beloved. Because God’s going to do a new thing in His people. He’s going to show us the deeper things of the eternal kingdom of God. He’s going to give us insight and understanding into the depths of His word like we’ve never had before. He’s going to feed us with meat from off His table. It’s coming. But like Evan Roberts said, we’ve got to pump it and pump it and pump it. We’ve got to pump it until we see the glory of God come down!

There’s nothing compared to when the shaking of God comes. And it will come! It’s on its way. But just like Daniel there’s a few prince angels there that are preventing what God wants to do. Just break through the ranks. Hallelujah! Just break through the ranks. It’s on it’s way, beloved. The rain has begun. Hallelujah!

One thing about the prophets is that they’re always one step ahead of the people. Elijah said to his servant, ‘Go out and look’. The servant came back and said, ‘I can see north’. He said, ‘Go up. Go up seven times’. Why? Because Elijah had smelt the smell of rain already, before he even saw it in the natural. Because he felt it in the spirit level. He felt it in his spirit. He knew the mind of the Spirit. He knew the move of the Spirit. He knew the anointing of the Spirit. Hallelujah! And I tell you, I’m smelling the rain. I’m smelling the rain in the natural and the world. I’m smelling – it’s coming. I’m hearing the rustle in the mulberry trees. Hallelujah!

But like Elijah, I kind of laughed at the times. This was a time for the prophets to laugh. They wept and they cried. They travailed and they sought the face of God, beloved. The prophets are now beginning to laugh. I want to tell you they’re beginning to laugh in the land. People are now mourning. While the prophets were crying, the people were laughing. God’s about to break His silence. You know something? God’s been silent. We think that God’s been saying a lot. We think that He’s given us an outpouring of the Spirit. We think the charismatic movement was a great move of God. It was silence, beloved. God has been silent in the heavens. He hasn’t been bursting forth with any great voice. That’s why there’s a leanness in the churches. That’s why there’s a leanness of the word that’s coming from the pulpits.

I tell you, you’re a blessed group. I mean it. I don’t say this very often. I guard my words. I’ve only said it to a few churches in the United States in the time since I’ve been here, and you’re one of them. I have to say I wouldn’t sit in anybody’s congregation on Sundays to hear the word because it’s so dead, it’s so dull, and it’s so dry. There’s nothing that the pulpits in the natural have got to offer. Isn’t that sad? Isn’t that sad? And there’s a growing hunger among God’s people, and sometimes I weep in the secret place. I weep for God’s people that are hungry for food, and they can’t get any. And they’re happy to settle for three and four days, just because they’re getting more and more hungry.

Beloved, I want to tell you, relish what you’ve got. Relish what you’ve got. Honour what you’ve got. Seize it. Press into the kingdom and take it by force. Press into our inheritance. Press into what God’s offering. Because you can’t find it anywhere. I think I mentioned that last time I was here, there’s coming a drought of the word of God in the land. Oh, yes, God’s going to speak to His prophets, and God’s going to speak to those who are listening. But there’s a drought of the word. There’s already a drought, beloved. I see people going round and round in circles. They’re beside themselves for some food from the table of heaven. They’re beside themselves for food! And God wants to pour Himself out. Doesn’t it make you want to get into a holy place and say, ‘God, just give me something and I’ll feed somebody. Just give me something, God, and I’ll feed the nations. Give me some bread. Give me some meat. And all we’ve got is people still on milk. Having to be continually burped. Why beloved? Because the holy sanctuary of God is empty. It’s empty!

God said to me one night, ‘I’ve got a lot of people doing a lot of thing for me. But I’ve go on friends. No friends. I’ve got no friends. I’ve got no lovers. I’ve got nobody to share my heart with. Nobody! Because nobody will pay the price to get into the sanctuary of God. Nobody will spend the hours on their knees; will spend the hours in the word. If we do, it’s so that we might get some intellectual sermon that we might store up before the people and held as a great teacher, or a great pastor, or a great evangelist. But God we need men and women who will be known as men and women of God. Because they’ve got the anointing. Because they’ve got the glory, beloved. Because they’ve paid the price.

Ezekiel 44:17-18 “And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and no wool shall come upon them, whiles they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within. They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with any thing that causeth sweat”.

Why? Because wool makes you to sweat, and sweat is an abomination unto God. Remember, it was from the sweat of the brow while fighting against the thorns and the thistles that Adam was to bring forth the produce of the ground. And remember the offering that Cain brought unto God. The Bible says he brought an offering of the fruit of the ground. And how did he get the offering of the fruit of the ground? With the sweat of his brow, beloved. It didn’t count before God because one of the conditions was that he would bring forth the fruit of the ground by the sweat of his brow. It was a one-fold offering! The energy of the flesh. But when Abel came, he brought a three-fold offering. He brought a lamb, a lamb that he had poured his life into to protect it as a shepherd, to watch it and nourish it. It was part of his very life. And when he was called upon to offer up this lamb, it touched him in body; it touched him in soul; it touched him in spirit. God was blessed with it. Today the church brings the offerings of the sweat of their brows, and it’s no wonder God doesn’t want what we offer Him. He wants something that’s going to cost us our lives. Our reputations; our finances; our families; our inheritance. He wants something that’s going to cost everything for us. And beloved, when we finally give it over, we find that we always lose it anyway. Because God gives it back.

Ezekiel 44:19 “And when they go forth into the utter court, even into the utter court to the people, they shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers, and they shall put on other garments; and they shall not sanctify the people with their garments”.

What a significant Scripture! The priests were told, Take off the garments wherein you met with God, because they’re holy, separated, sanctified’. And because the people are profane, full of iniquity. You see, profanity is in the outer-court. And profanity is that which doesn’t agree with the word of God. It’s my ideas; it’s my ways; it’s my desires; it’s my power; it’s my strength; it’s my ability. Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, or there’s is the kingdom of God’. And beloved, we’re so rich. We’re so powerful in our capabilities and abilities, that we cannot see the kingdom of God. It’s time for us to bend low. Then the camel had to pass through the eye of the needle, through that small gate in the wall in Jerusalem, they had to unload the camel, and the camel had to get down on all fours and crawl its way through the eye of the needle without his burden. And beloved, if we want to come into the presence of God, we’d better come bending low, without the burden; without the hold-up; without the chains of life; without the tentacles. We need to strip ourselves down, beloved, and we need to bend low, and come into the presence of God, to renounce it. Without our garments of self-righteousness, and pride. That’s why people can’t dance in the house of God. They’ve got so much pride in them. That’s what prevents people. Just like Michel, David’s wife.

Ezekiel 44:20-23 ‘They shall not sanctify the people with their garments. Neither shall they shave their heads, nor suffer their locks to grow long; they shall only poll their heads. Neither shall any priest drink wine, when they enter into the inner court. Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor her that is put away: but they shall take maidens of the seed of the house of Israel, or a widow that had a priest before. And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean”.

‘Cause them to discern’. If there’s anything that’s missing from the house of God in this hour, it’s discernment. And discernment is missing because we’ve never been in the holy sanctuary. Because most people in the house off God have never entered into the rest of God, and touched the holiness of God, and the fire of God. And so they cannot discern between the flesh, the profane and the holiness of God. God is calling us in this hour to pay a price. I tell you, never, never in the age of the Church, has God wanted to pour Himself out more than He does in these last, closing moments of time. We are standing on the very edge of eternity. This is the hour, beloved, to pull out every stop in our lives. This is the moment when we don’t know how long we’ve got.

I’m going to be sharing some awesome things on Sunday night – that’s going to shake you – historical things about the United States. Things that are happening right now. God is going to shake you. I’m telling you, we may not be alive this time next year. Don’t say, ‘Oh, it can’t happen. It can. It can. There are world-wide events that are taking place right now that are changing the very course of eternity. The devil amasses(?) his generals. He’s laid his battle plans. They’ve already gone into effect, beloved. And the church does not yet know the battle plan of God, because we’ve not been in the presence of our Commander-in-chief. We’ve not been in the presence of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. It’s time for you to wake up and enter into the holy presence of God. To hear what the Spirit has to say in this hour. The Bible says in Revelation, ‘He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the Churches’. Beloved, if God has been silent, when he speaks He’s going to speak awesomely. And I’m listening. And He’s calling for you to listen as individuals and as a body. And I tell you, what you are doing is _____ God’s perfect dimension and time. Because as He sees that sacrifice and as He sees us press in, He knows He can trust us. And if God knows He can trust us, He’s going to share His heart with His people.

Father, we bless and thank you. You’ve honoured us, oh God. You’ve visited us in times past and we thought it was good and we thought it was great. But God, You’re preparing for the greatest visitation that the entire universe has ever seen. It’s the moment that You’ve waited for, God. It’s the moment that You’ve longed for, to give all glory to Your son. And You’re preparing a people, and You’re longing to invest in a people who will catch up Your heartbeat and You’re crying, oh God. And we pray, Lord, take the stops off our ears. Shake our lives. That we might press in to seize everything that You have. To take the kingdom, even by force. God, we need You. We need You like we’ve never needed You. Lord, we need You’re fire as the only answer to the desperation of the world. We need Your glory Father, God. We’ve tried in our own flesh. We’ve tried in our own ministries. We’ve tried it by ourselves. We’ve tried it man’s way. We’ve tried it by man’s ideas – and it’s come to naught. Now, Father, send Your Spirit, because He knows how to do it. He’s the expert on world evangelism. Holy Spirit, You’re the expert on pastoring. You’re the expert on the Church, Holy Spirit. You’re the expert, and we want You to be welcome here, and we want to release You here, and we want You to be comfortable, and we want You to tabernacle and we want to submit to You, and to Your ways. We want Your wind to blow. We want a mighty release of Your presence in our midst, Holy Spirit. Won’t You come among us. Won’t You visit us in these days. Won’t You come, Holy Spirit. Won’t you come, Holy Spirit. Won’t You come, and bend us low, and melt us, in the mighty name of Jesus, our King. Amen.