Pt. 3 – Mariah Beulah Woodworth-Etter (1844-1924)

Mariah preached and prophesied with authority.  There were times in her meetings when God’s judgment was revealed (like in the early church in the book of Acts).  For instance, there were occasions when some were struck dead as they tried to blaspheme or openly oppose what the Holy Spirit was doing.  It was similar to what happened to Ananias and Sapphira after Peter confronted them for lying to the Holy Ghost and to the apostles (Acts 5:1-12).  Great fear (holy reverence of God) fell upon the people at her meetings.

There were times when the Holy Ghost would prompt her to prophesy to certain ones that this was their last opportunity to get saved because they wouldn’t be on this earth much longer.  Sadly, there were some who refused the warning from God or didn’t take it seriously, and within a matter of hours or days, were dead and didn’t have a second chance to accept Christ as Lord and Savior.

People were set free from demonic oppression in her meetings.  Sometimes gangs would come to interrupt, throw rocks at people, or slash the cords of the tent so that the tent collapsed.  Sometimes heavy rain storms arose during the meetings, soaking the place with cold, mud and water.  One time, a violent storm arose where gushing winds tore through the tent, and the tent and some equipment was ripped apart.

Sometimes evil or mentally ill people stormed into the meeting angry, carrying weapons, and a spirit of boldness would arise in Mariah and she would point at them and rebuke them in the Name of Jesus and they would be frozen in their tracks.  Suddenly their disposition would transform into a little lamb and they would leave the tent doing no harm.  Wherever the Lord is doing mighty things, the light attracts the darkness.

In her California meetings, she faced great dangers of being shot.  In one meeting, the men built a high board fence around the back of the pulpit to protect her.  While in California, she also received a death threat letter with a sketch of a skull and cross bones, and also one of a heart with a dagger stuck through it.  Her enemies threatened that if she didn’t leave then they would tear down the tents and kill everyone.  She stayed, and a mob showed up at 2:00 in the morning.

On another occasion, a group of policemen got drunk and were mad at one of her workers for some reason.  They gathered up a mob with the intent on storming the place.  Some of them entered her meeting, with the plan that at a precise moment they would give the signal, and then the mob would come rushing in.  The Spirit of the Lord came upon Mariah, and she stepped up to the altar and stood looking at the policemen.  She began talking as the Spirit gave her utterance.  The fear of God fell upon them, and they were afraid of the God in her.  They solemnly walked out of the tent and their plans were foiled.

In her meetings the glory of God was so strong that the atmosphere of Heaven was present.  There were many times when Mariah, and others, would see open visions (like what Peter and Paul experienced).  Some were even temporarily caught up (their spirit was caught up) to Paradise and literally saw glimpses of Heaven and the Throne.  In some visions, Mariah saw Jesus in person.  Sometimes He said nothing (His eyes and body language says it all), and sometimes He gave a verbal instruction.  In one meeting, a woman fell under the power of God, and went into a trance that lasted for eight days.  She came out shouting and preaching.

Mariah details these events in her autobiographies.  Mariah was a level-headed, balanced individual in what she said in her sermons and the things she wrote in her writings.  So therefore, it’s my belief that the visions she documented were accurate, true and of God.

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Part 5: Speaking in Tongues vs. Gift of Tongues

Speaking in tongues and the “Gift” of tongues is a subject that is confusing for many Christians. There is a difference between the two.

Speaking (praying, singing) in Tongues = personal self-edification.

Gift of Tongues = Giving a public prophecy in a language you have never learned (and either you or someone else interprets in English or the language of the hearers).

 

Speaking in Tongues

  1. Speaking, praying or singing in tongues is for your own personal self-edification. 1 Corinthians 14:4 “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.”
  1. Speaking in tongues is just between you and God. 1 Corinthians 14:2 “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the Spirit he speaks mysteries.”
  1. When you pray in tongues, your spirit is praying although your mind does not understand. 1 Corinthians 14:14 “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.”
  1. Paul mentions two ways to pray and sing: A) pray in tongues and B) pray in your own native language. 1 Corinthians 14:15 “I will pray with the Spirit (in tongues), and I will also pray with the understanding (in my own language, such as English). I will sing with the Spirit (in tongues), and I will also sing with the understanding (my native language).”
  1. Praying in tongues builds you up in your innermost being. Jude 20

“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.”

  1. All Christians are encouraged to speak in tongues. Sometimes this is referred to as praying in your Heavenly prayer language. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:5 “I wish you all spoke with tongues.” 1 Corinthians 14:18, 39 “I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all.” “Do not forbid to speak with tongues.”
  1. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues, happens AFTER a person has believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 2:38 “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 19:2 “He (Paul) said unto them, ‘Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?’ Acts 19:5-6 “When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spoke with tongues, and prophesied.”

Speaking in tongues is praying alone in your Heavenly prayer language or singing to the Lord in tongues in your private life.

Sometimes, in the public assembly, the whole congregation worships the Lord together by singing in tongues and praying in their Heavenly prayer language together. There is unity. It is very beautiful and anointed when that happens. In intercessory meetings, this often happens when everyone present is praying in their own Heavenly prayer language. Then someone may go to the microphone or speak very loudly and begin to share a prophecy that the Lord has showed them.

Gift of Tongues

  1. The Gift of tongues, mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12, is for the purpose of giving a public prophecy in the congregation in a language you have not learned, with an interpretation following by either you or someone else who has the gift of interpretation of tongues.

1 Corinthians 14:10-13 “There are, it may be, so many kinds of languages in the world, and none of them is without significance. Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me. Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel. Therefore, let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.”

1 Corinthians 14:27-29 “If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God. Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge.”

  1. The gift of tongues is for the edification of the corporate Body of Christ. It is for the purpose of ministry to the whole church. It is the Lord speaking to His people, exhorting and encouraging them.

1 Corinthians 14:4-5 “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.”

1 Corinthians 14:12-13 “Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel. Therefore, let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.”

1 Corinthians 14:26-28 “Let all things be done for edification. If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.”

  1. The Gift of Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues equals Prophecy. Paul said that in the church setting, prophecy is greater than a message in tongues because no interpretation is necessary, and also because everyone is edified because they understood what was being said. 1 Corinthians 14:5 “I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.”

         1 Corinthians 14:18-19 “I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all; yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.”

1 Corinthians 14:23-25 “Therefore, if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind? But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all. And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.”

  1. The purpose of prophecy is for exhortation, encouragement and comfort to men and women (1 Corinthians 14:3). Prophecy can be giving a message in English (or language of the people) or it can be in the form of giving a message in tongues with an interpretation following.
  1. Both tongues and prophecy serve as a sign. Tongues are a sign to unbelievers, and prophecy is a sign to believers. 1 Corinthians 14:22 “Therefore, tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.”

     1 Corinthians 14:21 In the law it is written: “With men of other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people; and yet, for all that, they will not hear Me,” says the Lord.

     Acts 2:5-12 “And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?”

         In a previous post, I talked about how the Jews in Jerusalem were astonished because Galileans were speaking eloquently and fluently the wonderful works of God in their native tongues. Galileans were uneducated, they spoke crude and were rough around the edges. So it was a sign and a wonder when these Galileans were speaking in languages they had never learned before, as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance.

  1. The Gift of Tongues is speaking to mankind (in a language you have never learned), and it must be interpreted. On the contrary, speaking, praying or singing in tongues is communication just between you and God. 1 Corinthians 14:2-4 “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the Spirit he speaks mysteries. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
  1. Those who learn to speak languages fluently very quickly, such as in a matter of months, have the gift of tongues. An example is a missionary I know who went to Hong Kong over 40 years ago not knowing the Chinese languages, and in a matter of months was able to fluently speak two Chinese dialects (standard Chinese and Mandarin Chinese).

I’ve heard of situations where someone began to speak, or prophesy, in tongues to another person or group of people who spoke another language. The person doing the prophesying did not know what they were saying, but the recipients understood perfectly what was said.

Paul asks in 1 Corinthians 12:29-30: “Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?”

In this passage where it mentions tongues, Paul is referring to tongues as one of the Gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12. The Gift of Tongues is to give a public prophecy in an unknown tongue, with an interpretation following. Or like in Acts 2, to declare the wonderful works of God in the languages of others.

The Power of the Tongue

God is the One who invented speaking in tongues. It’s a wonderful, beautiful thing that should not be despised, but rather embraced and activated on a continual basis. The human tongue is the most unruly member of the entire body, and it cannot be tamed (except by the power of the Holy Spirit). God chose to invent speaking in tongues so that we would use our lips to speak pure things of the Spirit and to glorify the Lord. When we yield our tongue to the Holy Spirit, He can speak through us His words of life, so that others are edified and we ourselves are built up.

Part 4 – Tongues: Q & A

What is speaking in tongues?

By the enablement and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, speaking in a language you have never learned. It could be any ancient or current language spoken, or could be a language spoken in Heaven (angelic languages) – 1 Corinthians 13:1.

A person is not limited to the mode of speaking only, but you can also sing in tongues, pray in tongues, praise in tongues, and prophesy in tongues.

What do you mean by two-fold, or two kinds, of tongues?

According to 1 Corinthians 13:1, there are two kinds of tongues: Paul refers to the:

1) tongues of men (any earthly language)

2) the tongues of angels (any language spoken in Heaven).

What is the purpose of tongues?

  1. Usually the initial evidence or manifestation that a person has been filled and baptized in the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:3-4, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 19:6).
  1. A sign to unbelievers of the reality and power of God – 1 Corinthians 14:21-22 (Isaiah 28:11), Acts 2:6-21, 1 Corinthians 14:22.
  1. Serves as a sign that accompanies and signifies those who believe on Jesus Christ (Mark 16:17-18). “And these signs shall follow them that believe: In My Name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
  1. Power to be witnesses, and power for service (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8, Romans 15:19). Luke 24:49 says, “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.” Acts 1:8 says, “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.”
  1. Great boldness and great grace (Acts 4:31-33). Acts 4:31-33 states:

31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

  1. Spiritual self-edification.

1 Corinthians 14:4a “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself.”

Jude 20 “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.”

When you pray in tongues, your mind is unfruitful (you do not understand the language you are speaking), but your spirit is built up.

  1. Your spirit prays to God.

1 Corinthians 14:2 “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the Spirit he speaketh mysteries.”

1 Corinthians 14:14 “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.”

Praying in tongues are pure prayers from your spirit to God. There is no carnality or flesh mixed in. You are not praying with your soul (mind and emotions), which is continually being renewed and sanctified.

Sometimes when you don’t know what to pray, the Holy Spirit (who knows the perfect will of God) intercedes through you (Romans 8:26).

  1. The Holy Spirit prays and sings through you in the form of tongues.

1 Corinthians 14:15 “What is it then? I will pray with the Spirit (pray in unknown tongues), and I will pray with the understanding also (in the language you know). I will sing with the Spirit (sing in unknown tongues) and I will sing with the understanding also (in the language you know).”

The phrases: “pray in the Holy Ghost, or pray in the Spirit, or sing in the Spirit” all refer to praying or singing in tongues. When someone says “pray in your Heavenly language”, that is also referring to praying in tongues.

  1. Tongues is usually the entrance to operating in the Gifts of the Spirit (in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10). There are nine gifts mentioned in this passage.
  • Word of wisdom
  • Word of knowledge
  • Faith
  • Gifts of healing
  • Working of miracles
  • Prophecy
  • Discerning of spirits
  • Diverse kinds of tongues
  • Interpretation of tongues

Tongues is the door into the prophetic realm, the seer realm, signs and wonders, healings and miracles, and deliverance.

Tongues is a catalyst that propels a believer into deeper worship, thus resulting in experiencing a very heavy anointing, a weighty presence of the Lord, and the glory realm.

Praying in the Holy Ghost (tongues) is a way of doing spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:11-18). This passage talks about the armor of God that quenches all the fiery darts of the wicked one. In Verse 18 it says to pray in the Spirit. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.”

  1. The purpose of tongues is to prophesy a word from God in the general assembly, with an interpretation following, for the edifying of the church (1 Corinthians 14:12-13, 27-32). Paul said that it is greater to prophesy a word in the language of the hearers, because then it does not require an interpreter and interpretation.

Part 2 – Three Baptisms Mentioned in the New Testament

Three Kinds of Baptisms

The New Testament mentions three baptisms:

  1. Baptism in water (Matt 28:19, Acts 2:38, Matt 3:16-17)
  2. Baptism into the Body of Christ (1 Cor 12:13-14, 15-31)
  3. Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5-8, Matt 3:11, Luke 3:16, John 1:32-34)

Acts 1:5-8 says:

“For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 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.”

Jesus is the One who baptizes born again believers in the Holy Ghost AND the fire of God.

John 1:32-34 says:

And John bare record, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from Heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him. And I knew Him not: but He that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, the same is He which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.”

John the Baptist declared in Matthew 3:11:

“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.”

Greek words and definitions of “baptize”:

  1. NT:907 baptizo.
  1. Literally, to dip repeatedly, to immerge, submerge.
  2. To cleanse by dipping or submerging, to wash, to make clean with water.
  3. metaphorically, to overwhelm or “to be identified with”.

 

  1. NT:908 baptisma, baptismatos.
  1. immersion, submersion.

We can see by these Greek definitions that New Testament baptism was administered by complete immersion, rather than sprinkling.

When Jesus was baptized in water by John the Baptist, He was completely submerged under the water and then rose up out of the water.

When the Holy Spirit fell on the Day of Pentecost in the Upper Room where the 120 were gathered, the Holy Spirit totally overwhelmed them, and there appeared to be flames of fire (they were baptized or immersed in the fire of God).

When believers are spiritually baptized into the Body of Christ, that means they are immersed or saturated into the Body of Christ. They become one with another (in spirit) in Christ.

Part 1 – Baptism With the Holy Spirit, Acts 2

Part 1 – Baptism With the Holy Spirit, Acts 2

Under the Old Covenant, the Holy Spirit was given to just a remnant few – usually to prophets, priests and kings.  Joel prophesied that a time would come when the Holy Spirit would be poured out upon all flesh.

Joel 2:28-29 says, “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also upon the servants and upon the handmaidens in those days will I pour out My Spirit.”

Before Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, He said that after He ascended to heaven that He would not leave us comfortless.  But He would send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to be with us forever. Jesus said that He would baptize us with the Holy Ghost and with fire. He told His disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they be endued with power from on High.

Ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God, there were 120 people in the Upper Room waiting on the Lord.  Included among the 120 were Jesus’ disciples and His mother Mary. When the Day of Pentecost was fully come, they were gathered together in one accord waiting to be endued with power from on High.  Pentecost was a feast, which was observed fifty days following Passover.

And suddenly there came a very loud sound, like the sound of a powerful rushing wind.  The place shook and it filled all the house. Then there appeared to be cloven tongues of fire resting upon each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. They began to praise God in languages that they had never learned before, by the divine enablement of the Spirit.

Many Jews from many nations were gathered in Jerusalem that day to observe the Festival of Pentecost. When they heard the roaring in the sky above the house where the 120 were gathered, the crowds came running to see what it was all about. They were stunned to hear Galileans fluently speaking their native language or the language of other nations who were present at the feast.

Acts 2:7-11 says in the Living Bible, “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “For these men are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking all the native languages of the lands where we were born! Here we are – Parthians, Medes, Elamites, men from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia Minor, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the Cyrene languages areas of Libya, visitors from Rome – both Jews and Jewish converts – Cretans and Arabians. And we all hear these men telling in our own languages about the mighty miracles of God!”

Others in the crowd began to mock saying that they were all drunk. Peter stood up and told them that they were NOT drunk.  And besides, even drunks didn’t get drunk that early in the morning, as it was only 9:00am.  Peter went on to say that what was happening was prophesied by the prophet Joel: “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, that I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit, and they shall prophesy” (Acts 2:17-18). Verse 21 says, “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.”

In Acts 2:30-39, it says that David prophesied of the coming Messiah.

Acts 2:30-39 NKJV

30 Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne,

31 he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.

32 This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.

33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.

34 “For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: ‘The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand,

35 Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”‘

36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

The following Scriptures are cross references that say that the Father exalted Jesus and seated Him at His right hand:

  • Romans 8:34
  • Acts 7:55-56
  • Ephesians 1:20
  • Colossians 3:1
  • Hebrews 3:1,13
  • Hebrews 8:1
  • Hebrews 10:12
  • Hebrews 12:2
  • 1 Peter 3:22
  • Matthew 26:64
  • Mark 14:62
  • Mark 16:19
  • Luke 22:69-70

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For with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to this people (Isaiah 28:11, xref 1 Corinthians 14:21).

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Conversion of Cornelius. Are you saved?

Conversion of Cornelius

Are you saved?

(Notes from a sermon preached by Jimmy Swaggart, www.jsm.org)

Acts 10:1-8

1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment,

2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always.

3 About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!”

4 And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?” So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.

5 Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter.

6 He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do.”

7 And when the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among those who waited on him continually.

8 So when he had explained all these things to them, he sent them to Joppa.

NKJV

Cornelius was a Centurion of the Italian Band, and he answered directly to Caesar himself.

Cornelius had a heart for God, but he did not know God. He was not saved yet.

  1. He was a devout man, but was not saved.
  2. He gave alms, but was not saved.
  3. He was one who feared (revered) the Lord, but was not saved.
  4. He prayed to God always, but was not saved.
  5. He had a vision of the angel sent from God, but was not saved.
  6. What he did came up for a memorial before God, but he was not saved.
  7. He fasted, but was not saved.
  8. He was a just man, but was not saved.

Why wasn’t he saved? He had all of these good credentials and had a heart that sought after the Lord.

Being a member of a church won’t save you. Water baptism won’t save you. Taking Communion doesn’t mean you are saved. Reading the Bible and praying doesn’t mean you are saved.

There is only one way to salvation, and that is by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

God knows where you live. The angel told Cornelius to go to Joppa, a small city along the Mediterranean Coast, to the house of Simon the Tanner. It’s there that he would find Simon Peter.

Cornelius sent three of his men to Joppa. While God sent an angel to speak to Cornelius, He also was speaking to Peter at the same time.

Peter had a vision of all kinds of unclean animals, and a voice in the vision told him to rise up, kill and eat. Peter, being a Jew, said that he had never eaten anything forbidden, or common or unclean. Then God told Peter to not call the Gentiles common or unclean anymore, because God calls them clean.

When the three men arrived at the house they asked for Peter. He went with them to Caesarea, to the home of Cornelius. He preached to Cornelius’ entire household and friends, and all of them got saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit. They all began to speak with other tongues and magnify God, and then were water baptized.

God had to deal with the prejudice in Peter’s heart towards the Gentiles.

Are you saved, or just religious? There is a difference between the two. Are you ready to make Jesus your Lord and Savior, and to acknowledge that salvation only comes through the Cross?

Just pray this simple prayer to be born again:

“Dear Jesus,

Please come into my heart. I make You my Lord and Savior. I believe that You died on the Cross and rose from the dead. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to live for You.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

You are now a child of God. Where is Jesus? Do you feel His Presence (velvety joy, cleansing and peace-type of feeling) in your heart? You now are filled with His Holy Spirit. You are accepted in the Beloved.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the next higher level. Usually speaking in a language you have never learned before is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Just ask the Holy Spirit to immerse you into His Spirit, and then when you hear syllables in your spirit, just speak it out. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is for greater levels of joy, and to be empowered by the Spirit to live an overcoming Christian life, as well as for service to be used by God to minister to others.

The infilling and baptism of the Holy Spirit is likened to rivers of living water flowing out of your belly (John 7:38) or like a well of water that springs up and never runs dry (John 4:14). This river of God brings life to wherever it goes.

More Aspects About the Anointing

Benny Hinn Conference Notes

Jubilee Christian Center, San Jose, California

January 24-25, 2008

Other Aspects About the Anointing

  1. God will exalt you to a place of authority and power.

Micah 4:1 speaks of the literal Mount Zion (Jerusalem) and people from all over the world making pilgrimages there. Zion is also a prophetic phrase representing the Body of Christ.  Mount Zion shall be the most renowned of all the mountains of the world.

Mountains symbolize high places of authority and power (a positive symbolism).  Mountains can also have negative symbolism depending on the Scriptural passage, (meaning problems and obstacles).  But in Micah 4:1, mountains mean being in high places.

God is anointing many in the Body of Christ to begin occupying positions in high places, such as government and the corporate business world.

Occupying high or heavenly places also speaks of authority and power in the Spirit, authority and power in prayer, knowing who you are in Christ and being seated with Him in heavenly places (Eph 2:6).  God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Eph 1:3).

  1. When the Anointing comes, none will be barren among you.

Song of Solomon 4:2 says, “Your teeth are like a flock of shorn sheep which have come up from the washing, every one of which bears twins, and none is barren among them.”

In the Bible, teeth have various symbolisms depending on the passage.  One of the symbols of teeth in Jewish culture was that it is figurative of having had consumed an abundance of milk (the calcium in the milk keeping the teeth white and healthy).  The milk represents the Word.  The abundance of milk which keeps the teeth white speaks of no lack in the Spirit.  Abundance, fruitfulness.  The twin teeth speak of bearing double – double blessings, double anointing.

  1. Restoration for you and your loved ones.

God imparts an anointing to believe (and not just believe, but take authority in the Spirit) for the salvation and restoration of your loved ones.

Hosea 14:1-9

1 O Israel, return to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity;

2 Take words with you, and return to the LORD.  Say to Him, “Take away all iniquity; receive us graciously, for we will offer the sacrifices of our lips.

3 Assyria shall not save us, we will not ride on horses, nor will we say anymore to the work of our hands, ‘You are our gods.’  For in You the fatherless finds mercy.”

4 “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from him.”

5 I will be like the dew to Israel; He shall grow like the lily, and lengthen his roots like Lebanon.

6 His branches shall spread; his beauty shall be like an olive tree, and his fragrance like Lebanon.

7 Those who dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall be revived like grain, and grow like a vine.  Their scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon.

8 “Ephraim shall say, ‘What have I to do anymore with idols?’  I have heard and observed him.  I am like a green cypress tree; your fruit is found in Me.”

9 Who is wise?  Let him understand these things.  Who is prudent?  Let him know them.  For the ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.

Verses 1 and 2: God is asking His people who have stumbled to turn back to Him and He will restore their lives.

Verse 3: The Assyrian culture and people were related to Babylon.  Babylon is the place of captivity and confusion.  Turning away from God always leads a person to a place of captivity and confusion.

Verse 4: God promises to heal their backsliding, to love them unconditionally, for He is not angry with them.

Verse 5: The dew is a symbol of the Anointing and God’s blessings.  Dew is also a symbol of unlimited supply and prosperity.  Dew waters the earth, removing barrenness (no lack).  It speaks of being satiated.

Psalm 133 says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!  It is like the precious ointment (anointing oil) upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s (priestly anointing) beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.”

Verse 5: “He shall grow as the lily”, meaning (according to Bible Encyclopedias), rapidly self-propagating, one root often producing 50 bulbs.  Fruitfulness, multiplication.

Verse 5: “Roots of Lebanon” are figurative of the cedars which have roots that go as deep as the height of the tree.  This symbolizes your roots going deep down, so that you are strong and immovable.  Spiritual growth consists mostly in the growth of the roots, which is out of sight.

Verse 6: “His branches shall spread.”  Symbolizes fruitfulness and growth.  Expanding to the right and to the left.

Verse 6: The olive tree is symbolic of the Anointing and being abundantly blessed.  The fragrance of Lebanon symbolizes the fragrance of Christ.  There is a level of anointing when the Shekinah Glory of God fills a room, that often times the room is literally filled with the sweet aroma of the Glory of the Father.

Verse 7: “They that dwell under his shadow shall return”, meaning that those who once dwelled under Israel’s covering, and left it, shall return and be restored to their original dwelling under the covering.

Verse 7: “They shall revive like grain.”  As a kernel goes into the ground and dies, it shall once again spring forth with abundant produce.  A great increase of offspring.

Verse 7: “Their scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon.”  Israel’s fame.  Also, compare Hosea 14:6 “His smell is like Lebanon” to Song 1:3 “His Name is like ointment poured forth.”  This is talking about the anointing.  The wine of Lebanon was most celebrated for its aroma, flavor and medicinal restorative properties.

Verse 8: “Ephraim” (the double-fruitful one who is grateful for God’s goodness) says, “what more do I have to do with idols” (giving up idolatry to serve God wholeheartedly).

Verse 8: “I am like a green cypress tree; your fruit is found in me”.  Being like an evergreen tree.  Your leaves not falling off in winter seasons.

Verse 9: “Prudent” – an anointing for wisdom and understanding.  Possessing both practical wisdom for everyday living, as well as insights into divine truths.  Discerning the difference between what is righteous and what is unrighteous; what is sacred and what is secular.

Ephesians 1:17-18 says, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him; the eyes of your understanding being enlightened.”

Acts 6:2-3 refers to the brethren in the early church seeking out from among them seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom they may appoint as deacons.  Stephen was one of the seven men.  Stephen’s opposers were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke (Acts 6:10).

One of the Gifts of the Spirit is the word of wisdom (1 Cor 12:8).

  1. The restoration of all things.

Acts 3:20-21 (ASV) says, “That he may send the Christ who hath been appointed for you, (even) Jesus: whom the heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, whereof God spake by the mouth of His holy prophets that have been from of old.”

  1. Obadiah 17 –“But upon Mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.”  The day will come when there will be no bondage among His Church.  The Anointing sets captives free, and the Anointing is protection from demonic harassment.
  1. The Anointing gives you energy.

The Anointing takes away tiredness.  It gives you a desire to want to minister to people.  But you have to flow in your own anointing for whatever God has called you to do.  Exhaustion and poor results may result from trying to operate in an anointing that you are not called to do.

Benny Hinn gave the example that he can minister for hours at conferences and crusades and feel energized.  His anointing is the office of the evangelist – to preach and teach before large audiences, lead scores of people to salvation in Christ, and lead the people into intimate worship which invites the Holy Spirit to flow freely.   But when he used to be a pastor, and having to deal with so many needs of the people, and so many complaints of this person and that person, he became drained.  On the other hand, he has staff who are anointed to spend hours on the phone with someone counseling them, and staff who enjoy walking around in the audience ministering to individuals one on one.

  1. The Anointing will shake the nations.

Haggai 2:6-7 – “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.  I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD Almighty.

Haggai 2:8:  There is an Anointing being imparted for financial prosperity.  ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the LORD Almighty.

Haggai 2:9:   The Glory (Anointing) of the latter house shall be greater than that of the former.  There is a progression and increase of anointing.  ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty.”

  1. If the anointing stays locked up on the inside, it will get stale.  It stays fresh when it continually flows out like a river flowing through you.
  1. Isaiah 41:18-20

18 I will open rivers in desolate heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.

19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree, the myrtle and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the cypress tree and the pine and the box tree together,

20 That they may see and know, and consider and understand together, that the hand of the LORD has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it.

This speaks of the Anointing bringing refreshing and removing thirst and dryness.  It symbolizes the Anointing turning our desert into a place of beauty and fruitfulness, of transforming our wilderness into a garden.  We need the Anointing to break off areas of barrenness in our lives.

  1. Ezekiel 47:9 – God will bring life to others through you.

“And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes” (NKJV).

The old song says:

“I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me, it makes the lame to walk and the blind to see.  It opens prison doors and sets the captives free, I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me.  Spring up, oh well, within my soul.  Spring up, oh well, and make me whole.  Spring up, oh well, and give to me that life abundantly.”

  1. Go in Jesus’ Name.
  1. Elisha received the double portion anointing.  Jesus’ anointing was without measure.

Don’t settle for just the double portion.  Go beyond that and believe for an anointing that has no limits as to how much you can have.

  1. Job 29:6 – Rivers of oil belong to you.  The rivers and the oil represent the Holy Spirit and flowing in His Anointing.  Oil especially speaks of healing, joy and prophetic impartation.
  1. Rivers of oil = fire and power of God.  Rivers of water = cleansing, refreshing.
  1. Ps. 109:18 – Oil in his bones.
  1. Butter – Symbolizes the richness of the Word.
  1. Ecclesiastes 9:8 – Never lack the anointing.
  1. Learn to syphen (draw out) the Anointing.

Deut 32 – suck oil.  This syphening of anointing only happens in the high places (high places referring to ascending in high worship, and being in the atmosphere of the Glory).

  1. Difference between the power of God and the Presence of God:

The Presence IS His Glory (Ex 34).

The Power is released when the Glory comes.

The Presence is KNOWN.

The Power is FELT.

  1. The Anointing is released through surrender.  When the Anointing becomes real in worship, you must syphen it.
  1. Deut 32:13 – Syphen the Word (as symbolized by honey).
  1. Isaiah 10:27 – Bondage broken instantly by the Anointing.
  1. 2 Kings 4 – Anointing cancels debt.
  1. Isaiah 21:5-6 – Anointing imparts gift of faith to you.
  1. Anointing brings blessings to your life.
  1. The Anointing can be transmitted to cloths, clothing, water, oil, etc.
  1. Be careful who you allow to lay hands on you and prophecy over you.  A transference takes place.  Something in them gets on you.
  1. Just the Anointing (Power) will make you blow up.  Just the Word will make you dry up.  Both the Spirit and the Word together will make you grow up.
  1. The Anointing makes your five senses more keen and alert.
  1. In the Glory, no demons can harass you in your mind.
  1. You can be healed of clinical depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar and any other mental illness in the Glory.
  1. Any sickness or disease can be healed in the Glory.
  1. This is a time of transition for many people.  You have left where you were, but not quite entered into the next season.  You feel stuck inbetween.  The Glory and Anointing will transition you to your next season.

Weakening the Anointing

  1. Speaking against men and women of God

When Aaron and Miriam spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman he had married, and spoke against his ministry and anointing as prophet, then a judgment from God Himself was placed upon both Aaron and Miriam.  Miriam became leprous for a short time, and learned her lesson.

The judgment on Aaron was delayed for many years because the Anointing (represented by the priestly garments, ephod and turban), protected him from judgment.  But when Moses stripped Aaron of his priestly garments, he was stripped of the Anointing.  Then the judgment was executed and he died.

Speaking against anointed men and women of God may result in the chastening and discipline of the Lord.

Speaking against anointed men and women of God, especially publicly and habitually and discrediting or slandering them, can even cause pre-mature death in some cases – the judgment of God.

  1. Ecclesiastes 10:1 – The Anointing will stink with flies.  Flies represent evil spirits.
  1. Talking about demons too much.  Giving more attention to demons and their activity than to Jesus.
  1. Dark areas in your life in which demons have an entrance to oppress you.  It may be areas of sin – pornography, sexual immorality, lying, stealing, slander, pride, unforgiveness – any kind of sin; thoughts and mindsets (strongholds that exalt themselves above the knowledge of Christ); hatred; strife; jealousy; being involved in witchcraft, horoscopes, etc.  Having unhealed hurts and wounds of the soul makes one more vulnerable to demonic oppression.  The devil takes advantage of people who suffer with chemical imbalances in the brain and those with emotional wounds.
  1. Distractions
  1. People draining you.  You must set boundaries.  You can’t be all things to all people.

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