REAL REVIVAL, REAL WORSHIP, AND REAL DECEPTION

         I could hardly believe what I was seeing. The revival director was bent over on the floor of the stage on his hands and knees kissing another man’s feet—a clergyman. And he stayed there and kept at it. As far down to the floor as one can get. Kissing his feet.

         And I thought, he probably means well. He probably thinks he’s doing the right thing, a good thing.

         But here’s the problem, and it’s a BIG one:

         For it is written, “AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD.” [Romans 14:11]

         In this passage from Paul’s letter to the Romans, the apostle quotes from the writings of the prophet Isaiah, whom the Lord is speaking through:

         “Gather yourselves and come; Draw near together, you fugitives of the nations; They have no knowledge, who carry about their wooden idol and pray to a god who cannot save.

         “Declare and set forth your case; Indeed, let them consult together. Who has announced this from of old? Who has long since declared it? Is it not I, the LORD? And there is no other God besides Me, a righteous God and a Savior; There is none except Me.

         “Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God, and there is no other.

         “I have sworn by Myself, the word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness and will not turn back, that to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance.” [Isaiah 45:20-23]

         In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he quotes from this passage yet again, this time identifying the God who spoke by the mouth of Isaiah over 700 years before. Paul also reveals the actual Name of God in its fullest revelation—the Name which is above every name:

         Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

         For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. [Philippians 2:5-11]

         Though our current English translations claim that Paul said Jesus Christ is “Lord,” in the original letter he used the word Adonai, which is what the Hebrew teachers used as a substitute word for YHWH. Therefore, when Paul said the Lord Jesus is Adonai, he was saying the Lord Jesus is YHWH.

         This is key, because the same identifying dynamic occurs in the Isaiah passage, in which the word “LORD” is translated from the Hebrew Adonai, which was a written substitute for the name YHWH.

         The Name of Jesus is the English rendering of the Hebrew Yehoshua, which means “YHWH-Salvation.” And what this clearly signifies is that the YHWH Isaiah refers to is the same Person that Paul is referring to when it comes to every knee bowing down.

         Also, it must be noted that the apostles refused worship toward themselves, claiming correctly to be mere men, though mere men with the power of the Lord. This point is proven well when Peter met Cornelius for the first time. Cornelius had great respect for Peter and when he first met him he bowed down to the floor and began to worship him:

         When Peter entered, Cornelius met him, and fell at his feet and worshiped him. But Peter raised him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am just a man.” [Acts 10:25-26]

         The Lord Jesus, on the other hand, always accepted such worship. Actual worship in its original meaning involved the act of bowing down, bending the knees, and actually becoming prostrate before the object of one’s worship. It is why Cornelius acted the way he did. It was often used to show extreme respect for other human beings in positions of authority. Indeed, if people did not show the proper worship and great respect they could lose their lives. Such was the power of kings and especially the Roman emperors.

         But, of course, Peter absolutely refused any such worship. No one would ever be bowing down to him, bending his knees before him, laying prostrate before him, or kissing his feet. To do this to another human being is an abomination before the Lord.

         Again, as Peter very clearly stated, and one can know he stated it with much emphasis:

         “Stand up; I too am just a man.”

         Now hear this, other than toward the Lord Jesus:

         Real Christians are NEVER to worship another human being.

         Real Christians are NEVER to bow down to another human being.

         Real Christians are NEVER to bow their knees to anything or anyone other than the Lord Jesus.

         Real Christians are NEVER to kiss anyone’s ring.

         AND REAL CHRISTIANS ARE NEVER TO KISS ANYONE’S FEET.

         All of these are very clear forms of worship and to worship another human being is an abomination. All human beings are sinful and require the shed blood of their perfect sinless Savior, so even one who is cleansed from sin has no right whatsoever to accept worship, based on their former condition. Any human being who actually accepts such worship, as opposed to the apostle Peter who absolutely refused, is placing himself in the place of God. This has not, however, stopped certain clergymen from actually insisting they are substitutes for God and demand that they must stand in His place.

         NO ONE STANDS IN THE PLACE OF THE LORD JESUS.

         That is why it was so disconcerting and shocking to see a fairly well-known “minister” laying prostrate at the feet of another man, a religious leader, worshiping him and kissing his feet, while the other man made no attempt to stop him, but stood there and accepted it as if he was worthy.

         This alone proves it was a compromised, deceptive “revival” though there were many other proofs.

            This event happened very recently. As is my policy, I don’t name names. But it happened. Search for it. Look it up. Of course, in one particular Christian denomination there is a head guy who has always accepted such worship. And this has always been an abomination before the Lord. Yet, this has not stopped some very well-known and powerful American ministers from recently meeting with Him and honoring Him anyway. Whether or not they are personally deceived, they are certainly engaging in deception. Why do they honor a mere man whose office has historically mandated that the one sitting on the throne is a substitute for the Lord Jesus in the earth?

         THE LORD JESUS IS THE ONLY KING.

         THE LORD JESUS IS THE ONLY ONE WORTHY OF WORSHIP.

         WHOEVER ELSE ACCEPTS WORSHIP IS OF THE SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST.

         The real revival—the real Great Awakening—will come forth in great power the more the Lord Jesus, and only the Lord Jesus, is worshipped in Spirit and in Truth. It will come forth with no clergy icons and fake ministers clogging up the process and accepting great undue respect and honor. It will come when there are no stages and platform thrones when only a few high brows are at the top hogging all the attention while the great masses are gathered below worshipping them. It will come when we do exactly as did the 120 did in the Upper Room.

         This is exactly how the first Great Awakening happened in the first century. There were no “churches” then and such buildings would not even officially exist for three hundred years. There was no high clergy class taking authority over a low laity class filled with the nameless and powerless then. Even those with the great power of the Lord who were filled with his Holy Spirit knew they were mere men and women and refused any form of worship or undue respect whatsoever.

         But boy, have things changed. If you want to know the one reason we DON’T have great revival, that’s it—the worship of people who have taken the place of God.

         During the REAL Azusa Street Revival of 1906, William Seymour, the primary director in a sense, spent much of his time in services on his face before the Lord Jesus or with his head in a shoe box! That’s how they all acted at that time in that place in the beginning. The love and presence of the Lord was so extremely powerful that everyone there knew who the Boss was. No one dared accept any glory for themselves. There was absolutely no pride, especially religious pride.  It was an extremely humble setting. There was NO platform or stage. There was NO pulpit. They were all as self-effacing and humble as could possibly be. They surrendered EVERYTHING to the Lord Jesus.

         The revival ended when they took it all back.

THE REAL ANNIVERSARY OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION

         The real anniversary of the Lord’s resurrection took place the morning of April 25. On the Hebrew calendar, which is an actual lunar-solar calendar lined up with celestial events, it is Nisan 17. Most Christians missed it completely and even refused to acknowledge it.

         Nevertheless, pay close notice to what the Lord’s disciples did when they saw the Lord Jesus after He rose from the dead. It you want real revival it makes all the difference in the world:

         Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men.

         The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.” And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples.

         And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshipped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.” [Matthew 28:1-10] [1]

         © 2016 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.

         Real Christianity—The Nature of the Church


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

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Posted on April 24, 2016, in Current Events and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. The Lord Jesus death, His shed blood, His Resurrection was the pivotal point in the entire history of mankind. It looks like we could get it right instead of observing yet another Pagan holiday.

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    • Amen. Thanks Scarlett. The enemy, of course, hates the Lord Jesus, hates His control and authority, and will do anything to confuse people and cover up the facts of His Word which was freely given to free us. The transition from the Lord’s Truth to the Big Lie involves transforming the Holy into the Pagan since the only One who controls the Holy is the Real King, the Lord Jesus.

      Removing His control and authority allows for the control of His enemies and by His enemies through the principle weapon of deception. The Lord always strongly commanded, cautioned, and warned His people to stay spiritually sharp and strong so as to not be fooled. That means praying often, fasting often, and reading His Word often. He even said that the deception would become so powerful that His own very strong disciples would come close to being deceived, meaning that those who refuse to take their Christianity seriously have no chance.

      “For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. Behold, I have told you in advance.” [Matthew 24:24-25]

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  2. Well said…anytime the “church” deviates from what the Lord Jesus and the Apostles taught; that is to say according to the gospel, the holy Scriptures……. it loses it’s power and anointing. Zip….there goes revival and any possibility of revival.

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  3. My dear friend and brother, As you see by my last poem Last Days, I so whole heartedly desire a new revival, for years now I prayed for the out pouring of the Holy Spirit. I do not desire a cheerleader yelling form the stage, I wish not to see a Christ from a platform, I hunger for Christ and the Fire of the Holy Spirit in me and others also. I crave the Holy Spirt the way it was for the Apostles. I am not as learned of a man as you yet I long for the true Church to be one and to be of One Accord. I am just babbling sorry, God Bless you.

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    • Thanks James. Your comment is just so heartfelt and sincere. Many, many real Christians have been seeking the Lord earnestly over many years now, desiring exactly the same. There was a 1960s Holy Spirit Awakening of sorts in America when Christians from almost every denomination were getting filled with the Holy Spirit and doing exactly the same as that which happened in Acts 2. Please see my post, Catholics Speaking in Tongues! The Spirit-Filled Movement of the 1960s. Also, please see all the comments.

      In the 1970s, however, there was another wave of the Spirit of the Lord in America and many young people and young married adults were ushered into the Kingdom. It was among these people who later began seeking earnestly, not satisfied with the limits of church as usual, though often very good. They wanted more. Many great movements came from this. One of those movements was both a desire and a vision of a new Great Awakening in America. It has taken decades of prayer, fasting, spiritual warfare, intense seeking of Truth, and a very close walk with the Lord Jesus.

      But now, fruit is beginning to come forth! We must continue. No one is more loving or powerful than the Lord Jesus, and He MUST be first—we must all work for Him to be first, just as Paul said:

      He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. [Colossians 1:15-18]

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  4. The so-called “revival” this so-called church is having just a few blocks from where I live appears to be a warmed over attempt to copy cat the Pensacola “revival” with some of the same players, Stacy Mitchell, Rick Curry, etc….at this Pastors invitation…
    They are doing a take on Azuza Now, and calling it “Fire in the Desert”, claiming some healings and miracles. I am more interested in people actually keeping their healings and not needing to be delivered from demonic spirits after this “move of the Spirit” is over. Also, I do not trust this leadership. It concerns me greatly that so many will be sucked into this, led on and deceived by more “feathers and gold dust”. I need to be doing more intercession….there’s a lot going on for sure that needs to be prayed about.

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    • Thanks Scarlett. I have no knowledge of the details, but I know the New Testament definition of a great spiritual outpouring. Sometimes attempts are sincere but the leadership is in need of solid teaching. Previous recent revivals in America were often for real in part but we must always look to what happened in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost, way back in the very beginning, as our first and only prototype and guide. The real Great Awakening looks like that. That initial Awakening blasted on to the scene and continued for centuries. If those who would have a revival would only look to the original as the proper example and compare it to whatever they may be doing they would see what must be done, what must be done differently, and what must be done to sustain it. Intercession is certainly a great need. Be blessed.

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      • Thanks Brother Dawson…..I appreciate your insights and the benefit of your experience of studying revivals. I confess I haven’t taken on a study in depth of revivals but it would seem to me that any legitimate revival would necessarily have to be initiated and led by the Holy Spirit….
        The one I speak of here locally is not…lots of hype, but no real substance.
        I think I smell the distinct smell of filthy lucre, even from this distance.

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