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7 Cities of Refuge in the Coming revival :)

We hear a lot about cities of refuge for immigration in the news and even California becoming a state of refuge but do you know the concept is actually a biblical one?

In Joshua 20, we read,

Tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed you through Moses…

Is this the same thing as the modern “cities of refuge” talked about by our more liberally minded friends? The simple answer is politically no but spiritually yes. The reason for this is the cross changed everything! We are no longer a political kingdom but a spiritual one.

There are spiritual cities of refuge on the earth just like there was political ones in the Old Testament. However, any idea of political reality or Kingdom Now theology must be rejected completely.

These are cities that people will process in and out of that will seem to have thin or even Open Heavens. It will be much easier to experience the miraculous in these cities in a short time than in other place that are harder to “plow.”

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa was once the center of the faith movement. Oral Roberts, Kenneth Hagin, TL Osborn, and Billy Joe Daugherty were all trail blazing around the world and on the television as large ministries.

In the years since the height of the Faith movement, people have come to Tulsa with false hope and dreams. It has left many people confused and a huge question mark over the city. However, that is about the change in the coming years.

God is about to bring about the core message of faith and hope to the sons and daughters of the fathers of the movement. As faith is preached, the heaven will be thin in Tulsa. I believe that Acts 16:5 will take on a new meeting in the coming years.

Cleveland, TN

Cleveland is the historical home of the Church of God and the Church of God of Prophecy. Together, they are a rather loud trumpet of Holy Ghost power in the land and the world. It has also been traditionally the “retirement home” to Pentecostal leaders who believe in the entire sanctification doctrine.

One thing Cleveland does offer is mentorship to young forerunners and evangelists as spiritual mothers and fathers. Many young people will come to be mentored, healed up and experience the thin heavens over Cleveland at the same time.

As we look at things in the natural, we would suggest this is not possible. The leadership of both movements, Lee University and Pentecostal Theological Seminary is full of theatrics; not thin Heavens. My challenge to that would be the morning worship on Father’s Day 1995 was pretty normal at Brownsville!

Springfield, MO

Much like Cleveland, many will find refuge in the home of the Assemblies of God headquarters. The heyday of the Jimmy Swaggart era is history and in Springfield, it is all about church growth.

However, the hungriest of the Assemblies of God seem to make their way to Springfield for education or training. It is also the home of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. A lot of history makers will end up in Springfield for 1-2 years in thin heavens!

It will be different than Cleveland though. The old folks in the Assemblies will be more about impartation then mentoring the next generation. They will value passing on the testimonies of revival to the young men and women called to preach!

Cleveland and Springfield are the traditional cities of refuge for classic Pentecostals.

Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City is in the crossroads of revival in America history. Every revival since Cane Ridge there has been a place for Kansas City in the movement. (It is also my hometown) Simply put, One way or another, God uses the city of fountains for his purposes in America.

The city is probably known for things like the Conference of the Holy Spirit in 1977 and the Kansas City Prophets or more recently the International House of Prayer. However, it was ground zero for the holiness revival in the late 1800’s and Pre-Azusa Street Pentecostalism as well.

Once again, the city will host the nation for people who need to heal up and be under thin heavens. There are many ministries that are solid Pentecostal works in the city that are doing amazing things and are believing for a harvest.

Kansas City has always been a one of the cities of refuge.

 Minneapolis, Minnesota

This is one of them that has always surprises me when the Lord showed me as one of the cities of Refuge. Moves of the Holy Spirit tend to be in the Midwest and South; not the North where people are better at giving lip service. However, God is put of surprises.

Personally, I have always found the fact that He is going to have thin heavens over Minneapolis is interesting. The city is home to several well known heretics that promotes doctrine contrary to grace alone.

However, God is going to move with power on people in the city and they will do great works in the north. I do not understand it but I have always seen them leaving the city for North Dakota.

Charleston, West Virginia

This is one that I have never really understood but God has always very strong that Charleston will be a city of refuge and thin heavens for people plowing the harvest in the Appalachian mountains. Interestingly, T.D. Jakes tried to plant a church here and failed very badly (but it was here Woman, Thou art Loosed was written)

God is going to raise up ministries over Charleston and it will be Open Heavens. I am not sure if it will be start churches that exist today or new churches that will be started.

I have found myself in the city three times and I still do not completely understand why it is critical to the coming move of the Holy Spirit.

Columbus, Ohio

Columbus is not just about Rod Parsley. It is a city with a large Assembly of God and sizable Vineyard presence as well. There is many independent churches that are Pentecostal in faith around the city that are transforming lives.

Many have and will process in and out of Columbus for impartation and refreshing. It will seem as if there is Open Heavens in the city in many churches, not just World Harvest Church.

I also believe there is coming a spiritual renewal to the campus of Ohio State through Chi Alpha. It will touch at students from every walk of life and conviction.

Why not Alexandria or Redding?

While the Pentecostals of Alexandria and Bethel Church has currently growing churches and people around the world are on their doorsteps; I believe they are mainly build around a personality or a single church. They might be a healing pool in revival but not a city of refuge.

The nation is full of church buildings that was once large churches led by personalities. Having one church that is popular in a city does not make it a city of refuge in any way, shape, or form.

I view both of them as church based movement that will come and go. Many of them have went before them. Angelus Temple was once a packed mega-church when Aimee Semple McPherson was preaching. Just saying.

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Gossip among Pentecostals? : How bad is it really?

Gossip. It is said to be the cancer of the faithful but just how bad is it? Pentecostals can be some of the worse offenders for it as well. The biggest gossippers in our movement seem to be pastors to be honest. Of course, they do it in the name of “protecting the sheep.” Continue reading Gossip among Pentecostals? : How bad is it really?

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Offended Pastors and Coming Revival

Today, I was having a discussion about a man that went through Teen Challenge and it became a discussion about accountability. As the discussion went on, it became clear that at least one of the people involved has bought into the greatest threat to the Assemblies of God (and Pentecostalism at large). Seeker sensitivity is killing our churches. Continue reading Offended Pastors and Coming Revival

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Developing a Revival eschatology : Response to Kris Vallotton

Kris Vallatton

Kris Vallotton put out an article about things he has as values about the end times or eschatology. People from time to time ask about it so let’s take a look at what Kris values about the last days and why I think it might be misplaced.  Continue reading Developing a Revival eschatology : Response to Kris Vallotton

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Azusa Report is Pentecostal? : Guilty as charged!!!

Pentecostal liturgy

The followers of Jonathan Welton and his Welton Academy have attacked me, my character and odd attacked me for being Pentecostal. Yes, I am being slammed for being a person of Pentecost. How do I respond to that attack? I am guilty as charged! Continue reading Azusa Report is Pentecostal? : Guilty as charged!!!

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Is there a coming healing revival?

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[wd_hustle id=”email”]A question that I get a lot is concerning a coming healing revival? It is centered around some prophetic words and promises that people have been talking about for years. It seems that the discussion of healing revival goes back to as early as May 1906 at Azusa Street. Continue reading Is there a coming healing revival?

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Stadium Christianity is my Eschatology

What is the Stadium Christianity? Why is it my eschatology and why does it matter? Well, it is the study of the End Times and yes we are heading towards an end of what we call the Church Age. This age of grace could end at any moment or none of us alive together to see it.

What I do know is God is changing the understanding and expression of Christianity in one generation. He told Mike Bickle of the International House of Prayer that he would do it and he is doing it.

We understand Christianity as primarly “the Body of Christ.” Most use this because it is overly pastoral in nature and it is what we are told to believe. It also works well for people who are overly relational and in many Asians and Pacific cultural, relational life is a major issue (and hinderance).

Jesus did not tell us to “go and win friends and influence people.” He did not tell us to “go and invite people to cell group.” He did not tell us to “go and give them this best selling Christian book.” He did tell us to “go and preach the gospel.”

Eschatology: Clarifying Soteriology and Ecclesiology

What is that and why does it matter? The study of salvation is called sorietlogy to the elite theological circles. It is a fancy word for what is salvation. Ecclesiology is a fancy word for what is the Church or the called out ones. Over the last few centuries, we have told the world that being a church member was being saved. We wouldn’t say that from the pulpit (we would deny it even) but that was the culture of most churches in the Western World.

I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have heard people say that we should invite people to church and call that evangelism. It is not and will never be evangelism. Jesus did not die so we could have worship services. He died so that men could come to knowledge of the Savior of the World. When you focus on church and not of the message of the Christ; you have taught a false gospel.

Jesus did not hang on the Cross so that we could have “better community” either. There is no need for nails to be driven through his hands so we could sit at Starbucks and have “relationship” over a latte. Those nails were driven so we could have relationship with our Heavenly Father. Communion with Him is what matters; not community with others.

In the last days, the issue of sorietlogy will be critical in our view of eschatology. As we unlink it from Church and see salvation on its’ own; we will see revival break forth and gospel of the Kingdom proclaimed from the mountains and from the stadiums of the world.

In no way, do I see a defeated and broken Church at the end of the age, I see a church that has repented of fear and guilt. Repentence means to change your life and change your mind. It is a new way to think. I believe the Church will repent and start to think again!

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Eschatology: Honoring the final words of Christ

There are many views of how things will play out. You can pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib, amillenialist, post-millenialist and about half a dozen other options. However, I believe Jesus gave us something much more important in his final words before going to Heaven.

In Acts 1:7, the discplines (probably Peter) asked him how would we know when He was returning. Jesus did not directly answer him but told him that to worry about times and dates. The details of eschatology was not the important thing to worry about.

He continued and told them when the Holy Spirit on them, they will be witness to the end of the earth. One most people do not understand about this passage is that being a witness in the mind of Jesus was to be a martyr. The greek word is where we got the word martyr from.

Jesus basically told the disciplines to not worry about the return of the Lord, none of them would probably see it but go preach the gospel with signs and wonders until you are all martyred by religiousity.

That is what my eschatology is. Preach the gospel in the stadiums of the world until Jesus comes or I am martyred; whichever comes first.

The great End-Time Harvest will be just like it started: full of power, authority, joy, and glory. I believe that we could see what is coming from glimpses we have been given through history. It will be a revival of salvation, healing and deliverance.

Is revival driven by pastors?

My study of revival history leads me to believe that pastors are normally more of a hindernce to revival than an asset. History is full of pastors either rejecting the move of God or being taken out of the picture so the Spirit could move.

On Father’s Day 1995, John Kilpatrick, pastor of the church, was literally knocked out for hours in the glory of the Lord. Because of that, the Spirit could more with fear of control. It was just the Spirit of God and the vessel of Steve Hill to walk in revival fire.

This example has been repeated many times over through history. I am not saying that pastors can’t lead revival because they can. The revival in Tampa was lead by Rodney Howard-Browne that was the pastor of the church. The historical model is that most times, the lack of pastoral leadership is a benefit.

We are coming into a place that pastors and leaders come off the platform and join the people. The leadership of the Holy Spirit is all the leadership that we need.

We will come to a place where we are nameless and faceless to the world. The only thing they see is the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the place of meeting.

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Limited Latter Rain

I believe in the Latter Rain revival. I believe that best is yet to come. When I talk about the Latter Rain, I talk about revival wholesale; not just the revival in 1948.

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I love what God did in the believers at Sharon Bible School in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. He poured out His Spirit to a bunch of revivalist that would shape church history. Everything changed because they said, “Rend the Heavens and come down.”

Without reservation, I believe in, for, and expect to see revival beyond anything we have ever see in our lifetimes to happen. I have no bones about that!

With that said, the latter rain revival has some things that I just can’t sign off on and say that I believe in. As with every movement, there are some things that you just can’t go along with. Azusa Street has the Finished work issue and the Pentecostal later believed that going to the movie would cost you your salvation.

What I believe from the Latter Rain Revival

I do believe in revival. This will come as no surprise to many. I believe that we will see an End Time revival full of power and glory. It will be humanity’s final altar call.

I believe in personal prophecy! Many may not but I believe that God speaking through another and even “reading your mail” can motive a personal to the harvest very quickly. I will never discount the power of prophecy because the early church did not.

I believe that God speaks in types and shadows. I believe that we do not have full understanding. We are growing in the in the spirit of wisdom and revelation to know our Savior better and deeper.

I believe that is still raising up Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists and Teachers today. If you believe there are false prophets; then you must also believe there are true prophets as well. A prophet is not determined by his business card but the anointing on his life.

I believe in Impartation! I believe that God can meet your need by having someone give you an impartation, an inheritance. What is that? It is giving you the ability to receive more quicker than you could on your own.

There was much good that came out of the Latter Rain Revival!

There are things that I do not agree with, too.

While I rejected dispensationalism that overly spiritualize the letters to the Churches, I do hold a Pre-Trib position on the timing of the “Catching away” of the saints. I still believe that no one will know the day nor the hour but that our redemption draws near.

The Latter Rain Revival tend to more more towards a Post-Trib position as the revival went on. I can respect the position and have many friends who also hold that view. I personally do not see it.

What I do not believe is we will leave this world in a wheelchair, beaten up and broke down. The Bride of Christ will be raptured out with a battlecry, “Come Lord Jesus, come.” Revelation 22:17 is not a picture of a weak people.

Joel’s Army was right on many things but the idea that there is an army in Joel 2 just is not there. I have studied the book in depth and I just can not find an army of the Lord there. The army spoke about is demonic. The concept of the army of the Lord is biblical but Joel 2 is not the place to find it.

I do not subscribe to the concepts of Dominion theology, Manifest Sons of God, or Militant saints. We are simply preaching the gospel in power, not preparing the earth for the Millennial reign.

While I believe that revival is a place of commanded blessing where the unity of brethen dwell; I do not believe there will fellowship of ministries (denominations) dissolve. Each group will come together in the basis of revival but still be faithful to their calling as well.

I also reject the city church concept. I believe there is one church: the global Church. God is not a mormon; He does not many Brides!

I also reject using impartation as a quick fix for everything. I had a guy once ask me to impart to give “an anointing for web design.” That is not what impartation is for. Can God give you a gift you never learned? Yes, He did for Joshua Mills.

Why does it matter?

Many people have crazy ideas about the Latter Rain revival and I wanted to clear things up. There are more things that I agree with than I disagree with. I believe that used the revival in a powerful way to change our thinking about many issues in the Body of Christ.

I also admit that alot of the crazy parts of the movement could have better better explained so people didn’t get all crazy with their ideas.

I hope this helps.

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Perry Stone and American Dream

I have always liked Perry Stone from Cleveland, Tennessee. The guy is a very well studied student of the Bible and history. He really impressed me with his knowledge. This is especially odd in Classic Pentecostalism.

The reason for that is that we in the Assemblies of God, Church of God (Cleveland) and Foursquare tend to think that being hard headed and dogmatic is more anointed that using reasoning and logic. Continue reading Perry Stone and American Dream