A Shaking and an Awakening (Part 10) Making room for miracles!
March 19, 2023
A Shaking and an Awakening (Part 10)
Making room for miracles!
The service changes that start today are necessary for us to accommodate the Holy Spirit in a fresh way!
This is lesson 10 in a series on dealing with life during this transition time just prior to the coming of Jesus.
A word that would correctly describe today would be – challenge. The norms of society are being challenged on every level – financially, relationally, mentally, politically, and spiritually.
Satan is challenging God for world control with the emergence of a global governance and financial system that will one day be under the control of a person the Bible calls antiChrist.
God wants us to be in an offensive, not defensive, position right now!
He has given us the supernatural power to be offensive.
Light instantly overpowers darkness!
When the pressures increased on the early church, the apostles went into offensive praying and living!
To use a metaphor from the world of boxing, the enemy is on the ropes! Now is the time to turn up the spiritual power.
Acts 4:29-31 (NLT)
And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. 30 Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.
We looked at the book of Acts and at 1 Corinthians 12 that showed the moving of the Holy Spirit in the early church and showed Paul talking about the manifestation of spiritual gifts in the church through each member.
Signs and wonders are from Gifts of the Spirit being made manifest!
The baptism with the Holy Spirit produces spiritual power! And the baptism with the Holy Spirit is necessary for spiritual gifts to manifest through you!
Notice that before Jesus ascended to heaven He commanded His followers, His disciples to stay in Jerusalem and not leave until they were clothed with supernatural power!
Acts 1:3-5 (NLT)
During the forty days after he suffered and died, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God. 4 Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. 5 John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
The baptism with the Holy Spirit brings God’s power into daily living.
Look at Acts 1:8 (NLT):
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
=Dunamis: Inherent power, capable of reproducing itself, like a dynamo
We get three English words from Dunamis: Dynamic, Dynamite, Dynamo.
pertaining to or characterized by energy or effective action; vigorously active or forceful; energetic: the dynamic president of the firm.
any person or thing having a spectacular effect.
an electric generator, especially for direct current.
This power enhances our ability to walk with God, to resist the world, the flesh, and the devil, and empowers us to bless others in a more full way through spiritual gifts!
It was not just for the early church, but was for every generation of the church age, including today!
There are four clear, distinct references to the Baptism With the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts:
*Acts 2:1-4 -NLT – Pentecost. People in Jerusalem receive.
On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. (2) Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. (3) Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. (4) And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.
*Acts 8:14-17 -NLT – People in Samaria receive.
When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that the people of Samaria had accepted God’s message, they sent Peter and John there. (15) As soon as they arrived, they prayed for these new believers to receive the Holy Spirit. (16) The Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them, for they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
(17) Then Peter and John laid their hands upon these believers, and they received the Holy Spirit.
*Acts 10:44-46 -NLT – Gentiles receive in Cornelius’ house.
Even as Peter was saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the message. (45) The Jewish believers who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles, too. (46) For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.
*Acts 19:1-6 – NLT – People in Ephesus receive.
While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior regions until he reached Ephesus, on the coast, where he found several believers. (2) “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” he asked them. “No,” they replied, “we haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” (3) “Then what baptism did you experience?” he asked. And they replied, “The baptism of John.” (4) Paul said, “John’s baptism called for repentance from sin. But John himself told the people to believe in the one who would come later, meaning Jesus.” (5) As soon as they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (6) Then when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied.
This amazing experience is still available to every believer today!
To be a candidate for this experience you must be born again.
You do not have to be perfect.
You do not have to be free from all of your negative habits.
One of the things the Holy Spirit will do is move you away from fleshly distraction and give you a heart for Jesus, His Word, and for doing His will.
You only need to be born again.
The Baptism with the Holy Spirit immerses you in the Holy Spirit.
When you are immersed into something, it changes the atmosphere of your life.
When you are immersed in something, it changes your focus.
Example – Bottle of Water
The BWTHS will prepare you for the crazy days ahead!
3 supernatural things happen when you’re baptized with the Holy Spirit.
1. Supernatural witness.
Acts 1:8 – NKJV
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
2. Supernatural understanding of the Word.
1 Corinthians 2:14 – NKJV
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
3. Supernatural way to pray.
1 Corinthians 14:14 – NKJV
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.
1 Corinthians 14:14-15 (AMP)
14 For if I pray in an [unknown] tongue, my spirit [by theHoly Spirit within me] prays, but my mind is unproductive [it bears no fruit and helps nobody].
15 Then what am I to do? I will pray with my spirit [by theHoly Spirit that is within me], but I will also pray [intelligently] with my mind and understanding; I will sing with my spirit [by the Holy Spirit that is within me], but I will sing [intelligently] with my mind and understanding also.
1 Corinthians 14:2 (AMP)
2 For one who speaks in an [unknown] tongue speaks not to men but to God, for no one understands or catches his meaning, because in the [Holy] Spirit he utters secret truths and hidden things [not obvious to the understanding].
On September 12, I will celebrate my 47th year of Spirit-Filled Living. On September 12th, 1976, at 7:20 pm, after rededicating my life back to Jesus, I received the Baptism With The Holy Spirit.
The Baptism with the Holy Spirit changed my life forever! And this experience will forever change yours too if you will yield to it!
We must have more than just natural abilities. We must have spiritual gifts in manifestation.
Notice the scriptures:
And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.
And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word,
30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch.
How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, 4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?
1 Corinthians 2: 1-5
And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
God manifests His power in both Old and New Testaments. The way
He manifests His power has changed. God’s power manifested from without in the Old Testament as the Holy Spirit came upon the prophet, the priest, and the king.
God’s power manifests from within the believer in the New Testament.
The Gifts of the Spirit are as necessary now as they were in the days of the early church!
Notice these quotes:
Donald Gee –
There are multitudes who will never be moved and open to the gospel except by the manifestation of supernatural power. They are panting for it in full view of a powerless church.
The ultimate and full purpose of spiritual gifts is to bring men face to face with the reality of the invisible God; to make the church realize that the Holy Spirit is ever present, and that all true ministry sprigs from Him, who is her only source of life and power and to make the unbeliever equally conscious that God cannot be forgotten.
The healing of the sick has great power to arouse the indifferent, convict of sin, attract to the gospel, and lead to genuine conversions…The gifts clothe regular meetings with the sense of the reality and presence of God.
Kenneth Hagin Prophecy
There are those who will never be reached except through the operation of the gifts of the Spirit, so covet earnestly these manifestations.
How To receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit.
1. You must be a born again Christian. You can receive alone or with someone ministering to you.
Luke 11:11-13 – NKJV
If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!
2. In faith, pray and ask the Father to baptize you with the Holy Spirit.
Father, thank you for saving me from my sins and making me a child of God. As your child, I ask you to baptize me with the Holy Spirit, from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet, fill me with the Holy Spirit now. I believe that I will speak with other tongues as the Holy Spirit enables me, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
3. Have an open heart, and allow Jesus to minister to you.
4. Lift your hand to the Lord in thanksgiving, and open your mouth and begin to speak in the language the Holy Spirit gives you.
(From Charisma Magazine, December, 2014)
The following is an end-time vision given to an established, seasoned minister of the gospel, Dr. Mark Barclay, and told in his own words. My heart was quickened when I read it and I thought: “This vision needs to be circulated to the body of Christ worldwide for we are seeing the increasing effects of it being unfolded in this hour, although it was given more than 25 years ago.”
If you are skeptical of these things I would encourage you to listen to your heart as you read it and allow the Holy Spirit to bear witness with you.
“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. … But the anointing which you have received from Him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. For as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and just as it has taught you, remain in Him” (1 John 2:20, 27)
Here then is the vision told in the minister’s own words:
“In 1987 I was a speaker at a camp meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I spoke during the Thursday evening service. Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin spoke during the Friday evening service. I remember that I had just flown in from meetings in Paris, France. I mentioned to my wife how much I would like to stay and hear Dr. Hagin speak. She agreed.
As Dr. Hagin entered the pulpit, he began to pray in tongues. When he started, I started. A moment later, I was caught up in a vision (I was told later that it was probably more like a trance). As I went into this vision, I remember how Dr. Hagin’s voice was getting quieter and quieter, until I could hear him no more. It was so quiet all around me I felt like I could hear my own heartbeat.
All of a sudden I felt evil, as if it were surrounding me. Anger rose up in me, and fear tried to get a grip on me. Suddenly, something caught my attention out of my left eye. I turned hard to the left to see what it was. I saw the circumference of the earth, from one edge to the other, and this horrible black, dark cloud was rising up over the horizon. Somehow I knew it would eventually fill the entire earth.
An alarm went off in me, screaming to me to run away from it as fast as I could. I felt like I should scream at it, to stop it in its tracks by using the name of Jesus. I began to rebuke it and started to say, “In the name of Jesus … ” I didn’t quite get it out, and the Lord said, “That will do you no good.”
“What?” I said.
The Lord said, “Son, you cannot use My name to stop what I prophesied. I am not causing this dark cloud, but I did prophesy it would happen in the last days.”
I remember in the vision that I asked the Lord “What is this? What is this evil, tempestuous, dark cloud?”
The Lord said, “This is what I showed My prophet, Isaiah (Isa. 60:1-2). This is every evil thing you can name. It is every demon, it is every disease, it is sickness and bacterial attacks that haven’t even been discovered yet. It will cause humans to do things to humans that aren’t even human. It is filled with insanity, and many people will lose their mind and their faculties. It is murder, terror, rape, abuse, terrorism, torture and much worse. It is filled with deceptions, heresies, perversions and filth.”
Some things the Lord showed me I have not had permission to speak.
I also saw people—many, many people. Some were running into the dark cloud, and some were being sucked into it. It reminded me of this very powerful Shop-vac I have. It will not only suck up the dirt but also my tools, if I don’t pay attention.
I saw many people screaming with terror and actually being dragged into this cloud. Though they were refusing it and resisting it with all their strength, they still did not possess the power to stop it.
I was so disturbed when I saw a cross on someone’s pocket or jewelry. I remember saying to the Lord, “Who are those people being drawn into this filth and terror, wearing the Christian symbol of the cross? Who are these people, not even resisting? And who are these people, resisting with all their might but it does them no good? They just keep disappearing into this horrible, evil cloud of gross darkness.”
The Lord answered me and said, “Oh, these are those who do not have clean hands and a pure heart. They have been warned but ignored the warnings. Some even wanted this filth as their lifestyle.”
I asked, “Well, who are these wearing the cross?”
“Oh,” the Lord said, “These are the people who claim Me as Savior. Many of them have desired this filth and even fought for it. They make excuses but are not excused. The ones who are resisting thought My prophets were exaggerating and from the old school, and they denied the warnings. Now that this evil has come, they possess little to no power, and certainly not enough to resist and overcome this horrible onslaught of enemy power. Only those with clean hands and a pure heart will be able to totally resist this. It will cover the earth.”
There was much more to this, but I began to come out of the vision and once again heard Brother Hagin speaking in tongues from the pulpit.
I asked my wife what had happened, and she said, “Nothing, he hasn’t done anything but pray in the spirit.”
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I began to realize that nobody seemed to see this vision or get caught up into this trance but me. I held my wife’s hand a little tighter and began to pray fervently in the spirit. As I did, I got caught up in the spirit again.
Just like before, Brother Hagin’s voice got quieter and quieter until it was gone. I found myself alone again. It was so quiet I could hear my own heartbeat. Suddenly, a piercing light hit the corner of my right eye. It was so bright that I instantly shrouded my head with my hands and arms. It reminded me of the intense light that my optometrist uses to examine the back of my eyes. Actually, it was much brighter than that.
Everything within me said, “Turn and look into it. Turn now, and run into it.” Yet there was this hesitation because it was so bright it seemed to shine through me. Finally I gave in to it and looked directly at it. With both eyes I saw the depth of this bright cloud. Just like the dark cloud I had seen before, it was coming up over the horizon of the earth. I could tell that it was going to cover the planet. I just knew that I knew that nothing could stop it.
I remembered asking the Lord, “What is this? What is this massive, earth-consuming, bright cloud?”
The Lord answered me and said, “Oh, this is My glory. This is the glory cloud that I showed My prophet Isaiah (Isa. 61:1-2). This is what I promised, that My glory will fill the whole earth.”
“Well,” I asked, “what is inside the cloud?”
“It is filled with the greatest miracles humans have ever seen. It is filled with healing for every disease, and a cure for every sickness. It is power to overcome sin and filth—to receive the truth and reject error, heresy and doctrines of demons. It is a full manifestation of My Spirit. It is the full anointing of Jesus Christ and more, much more.”
He showed me other things that I have no permission to speak at this time.
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I saw people in this vision, just like before with the cloud of darkness. Many, many people were running into it and almost frolicking in it. It was like my first response—too bright to behold, and then I wanted to run into it. There were those who seemed to want to pull away from this glory cloud.
“Lord, who will enter into this great glory of God and enjoy this awesome power?” I asked.
“Those who have a pure heart and clean hands,” the Lord answered. “They are the ones who will escape the horrible vacuum of the evil, dark cloud and be consumed with My glory. I will require you to tell these things to My people at an appointed time.”
Now is that time! As I travel the world over, I see both of these manifestations happening. In fact, I see them beginning to intensify. Sometimes I say that both God and Satan are having a revival among men. We will now see more and more people running to each cloud, causing a great gulf or divide. Could this be the separation of sheep and goats, or the separation of wheat and tares?
I am not a conspiracy-theory person. I am not a fear-based preacher. I am not a prophet of doom. So what I am about to say is none of these. But, I am actually witnessing the spirits of the Antichrist, prepping the people of the earth (including many church goers) for the arrival of the Antichrist himself. I see demons (spirits of the Antichrist) going throughout all the earth. They are slowly re-programming the minds of men (doctrines of demons) to systematically disassemble the work of Christ and disengage the army of God.
You can avoid this, if you choose. If you choose not to, you will suffer the consequences. Please don’t do that!” —Dr. Mark Barclay (marktbarclay.com)