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Biblical Manifestations By A.L. and Joyce Gill

The question is being asked, "What are true revival manifestations?" It seems that at this point people begin to talk about physical manifestations and ignore the more important manifestations. If e are e!periencing true revival, people ill be coming to the altars to accept "esus as their #avior. $thers ill be repenting and getting right ith %od. In true revival the Word of %od ill be preached ith po er and signs and onders as spoken about by the apostle &aul in 1 'orinthians ()*+, And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. What are the physical manifestations that are being e!perienced? -re they mentioned in the .ible? -re all physical manifestations of %od, or are some of them in the flesh, or even demonic? /et0s look first at the physical manifestations that are in the Word of %od. Slain in the Spirit $ne frequent revival manifestation is often called being "slain in the #pirit" or "falling under the po er of %od." What does the .ible have to say on this sub1ect? !"ekiel #:$% As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the &'(). And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a *oice of one that spake. !"ekiel +:$+ Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the &'() stood there, as the glory which I saw by the ri*er of ,hebar: and I fell on my face. )aniel #-:%.## Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great *ision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. /et heard I the *oice of his words: and when I heard the *oice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground. And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon (

my knees and upon the palms of my hands. And he said unto me, ' )aniel, a man greatly belo*ed, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. (e*elation #:#0 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, 1ear not2 I am the first and the last: $ ,hronicles 3:##.#4 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place: 5for all the priests that were present were sanctified, and did not then wait by course: Also the &e*ites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of 6eman, of 7eduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, ha*ing cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets:8 It came e*en to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the &'()2 and when they lifted up their *oice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the &'(), saying, 1or he is good2 for his mercy endureth for e*er: that then the house was filled with a cloud, e*en the house of the &'()2 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the &'() had filled the house of God. Acts 9:+.0 And as he :ourneyed, he came near )amascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from hea*en: And he fell to the earth, and heard a *oice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me; And he said, <ho art thou, &ord; And the &ord said, I am 7esus <hom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, &ord, what wilt thou ha*e me to do; And the &ord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which :ourneyed with him stood speechless, hearing a *oice, but seeing no man. 7ohn #%:+.= 7udas then, ha*ing recei*ed a band of men and officers from the chief priests and >harisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. 7esus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, <hom seek ye; They answered him, 7esus of ?a"areth. *

7esus saith unto them, I am he. And 7udas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. Shaking, Jerking or Trembling )aniel #-:#-,## Then, suddenly, a hand touched me, which made me tremble on my knees and on the palms of my hands. And he said to me, ' )aniel, man greatly belo*ed, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I ha*e now been sent to you. <hile he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling. 7eremiah $+:9 @y heart within me is broken because of the prophets2 all my bones shake. I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine has o*ercome, because of the &'(), and because of 6is holy words. 6abakkuk +:#= <hen I heard, my body trembled2 my lips Aui*ered at the *oice2 rottenness entered my bones2 and I trembled in myself... >salm 99:# The &'() reigns2 &et the peoples trembleB 6e dwells between the cherubim2 &et the earth be mo*edB 7eremiah 3:$$a )o you not fear @e;' says the &'(). '<ill you not tremble at @y presence... Groaning and Travailing (omans %:$=,$0 &ikewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. 1or we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit 6imself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. ?ow 6e who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because 6e makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Galatians 4:#9 @y little children, for whom I labor 5 tra*ail C7D8 in birth again until ,hrist is formed in you, eep Bo!ing !"ra #-:# ?ow while !"ra was praying, and while he was confessing, weeping, and bowing down before the house of God, a *ery large congregation of men, women, and children assembled to him from Israel2 for the people wept *ery bitterly. >salm +3:#+,#4 Eut as for me, when they were sick, @y clothing was sackcloth2 I humbled myself with fasting2 And my prayer would return to my own heart. 2

>salms +3:#4 I paced about as though he were my friend or brother2 I bowed down hea*ily, as one who mourns for his mother. "eavy #eeping and $rying ?ehemiah #:4 So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days2 I was fasting and praying before the God of hea*en. !"ra #-:# ?ow while !"ra was praying, and while he was confessing, weeping, and bowing down before the house of God, a *ery large congregation of men, women, and children assembled to him from Israel2 for the people wept *ery bitterly. 7oel $:#$ ?ow, therefore, says the &'(), Turn to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning. >salm #$=:3,= Those who sow in tears Shall reap in :oy. 6e who continually goes forth weeping, Eearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with re:oicing, Eringing his shea*es with him. La%ghing >ro*erbs #0:$$a A merry heart does good, like medicine, >salm #$=:$ Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, The &'() has done great things for them. 7ob %:$# Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with re:oicing. Being Still or &%iet before "im >salm #+#:$ Surely I ha*e calmed and Auieted my soul, &ike a weaned child with his mother2 &ike a weaned child is my soul within me. !cclesiastes +:0 A time to rend, and a time to sew2 a time to keep silence, and a time to speak2 >salms 4=:#-a Ee still, and know that I am God: Being ' r%nk' in the Spirit Acts $:#$.#% So they were all ama"ed and perpleFed, saying to one another, <hate*er could this mean; 'thers mocking said, ,

They are full of new wine. Eut >eter, standing up with the ele*en, raised his *oice and said to them, @en of 7udea and all who dwell in 7erusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. 1or these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. Eut this is what was spoken by the prophet 7oel: 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of @y Spirit on all flesh2 your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see *isions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on @y menser*ants and on @y maidser*ants I will pour out @y Spirit in those days2 and they shall prophesy. !phesians 3:#%.$- And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation2 but be filled with the Spirit, Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the &ord, Gi*ing thanks always for all things to God the 1ather in the name of our &ord 7esus ,hrist, "aving reams and (isions Acts #-:9.##,#0 The neFt day, as they went on their :ourney and drew near the city, >eter went up on the housetop to pray, about the siFth hour. Then he became *ery hungry and wanted to eat2 but while they made ready, he fell into a trance And saw hea*en opened and an ob:ect like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. ?ow while >eter wondered within himself what this *ision which he had seen meant, behold, the men who had been sent from ,ornelius had made inAuiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate. 7oel $:$%.$9 And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out @y Spirit on all flesh2 your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see *isions2 And also on @y menser*ants and on @y maidser*ants I will pour out @y Spirit in those days. 7eremiah $+:9 @ine heart within me is broken because of the prophets2 all my bones shake2 I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath o*ercome, because of the &'(), and because of the words of his holiness. )n $oncl%sion It is important to understand that %od does not violate anyone0s free volition. With %od, e are al ays free to choose the ay e 3

ant to go. 4e allo s us to turn our backs on all that 4e has provided for us. 4e allo s us to go our o n ay 1ust as 4e allo ed the children of Israel to choose not to enter into the &romise /and. .ecause of their choice, they andered and died in the ilderness for the ne!t forty years. We are free to make our o n choices and to reap our o n re ards. %od said in 5evelation that the day is coming hen 4e is going to spe the luke arm out of 4is mouth. (e*elation +:#3,#= I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. The important thing is not that e have a certain manifestation or don0t have it. The important thing is that e are in right standing ith %od + that e love 4im and serve ith 4im ith our hole heart. "esus said e cannot orship %od e!cept in the #pirit and in truth. We cannot orship 4im ith our emotions or ith our minds. We must enter into the realm of the #pirit. 7ohn 4:$+,$4 Eut the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the 1ather in spirit and in truth: for the 1ather seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. "ust as %od allo s us to choose our o n ay, 4is Word makes it clear that e are not to 1udge others. In times of revival and times of questioning %od0s ays, it is good to read 6atthe 7 once again. J%dge *ot @atthew 0:#,$ 7udge not, that ye be not :udged. 1or with what :udgment ye :udge, ye shall be :udged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. +rophets , Tr%e or -alse .no!n by Their -r%it @atthew 0:#3.$- Eeware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ra*ening wol*es. /e shall know them by their fruits. o men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles/ 8ven so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit9 but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. - good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 8very tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is he n do n, and cast into the fire. 7

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall kno them. The gift of the 4oly #pirit is available to every believer. 4e is the only one ho can reveal to us the truth of the Word of %od, and the fruit of those ho minister among us. In times of questions, do not look to hat another says or rites. /ook to the Word of %od. It is our only absolute foundation. We cannot discern the truth by our traditions, by our e!periences, or through our intellect or souls. The things of the #pirit are foolishness to the natural mind. # ,orinthians $:#4 Eut the natural man recei*eth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. Through the 4oly #pirit, e can kno the spirit behind each manifestation as it happens by operating in the gift of the discerning of spirits. The 0%estions each one of %s sho%ld be asking o%rselves are1 -re sinners being saved? -re captives to sin being set free? -re believers repenting and returning to their first love? -re 'hristians becoming lovers of %od, of 4is Word and of others? Is the revival building the kingdom of %od by bringing people of all ages into a deeper, personal revelation and e!perience of the presence of 'hrist? 'hristians are not going to come into agreement in every area of doctrine. It0s time to lay those differences aside and 1oin each other in praying for revival in every church, in every group, even in every family in our area.