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 The state of the Church

There are many who recognize the state of affairs of the church worldwide, there are just as many who do not. Now is not the time for sleeping, now is the time for crying out together, coming together, being of one accord. The hungry will gather with the thirsty and the Lord will come down.............Frank

A question was asked recently in one of the threads"Who is resposnsible for this state of affairs?" I think David Wilkerson gives us some clues.


When God Comes Down
by David Wilkerson


December 29, 2008



I am convinced the Lord is trying to break through to his
people as never before.

As Scripture predicts, the devil has come down with great
wrath, knowing his time is short. And right now God's
people need a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit, a
supernatural touch even greater than the one at Pentecost.

Think of it: Jesus' followers at Pentecost didn't have to
fear nuclear weapons. They didn't face gay marriages in
mainstream society. They didn't tremble as the entire
world economy trembled on the brink of collapse. It is
clear we need Holy Ghost power to face these last days ­
it's that simple.

Indeed, the cry that's called for today was heard in
Isaiah's day: "O that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that
thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down
at thy presence...to make thy name known to thine
adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy
presence!... For since the beginning of the world men have
not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye
seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him
that waiteth for him" (Isaiah 64:1, 2-4).

Where did this cry come from? It was uttered by a prophet
grieving over the lethargy of God's people, a man who knew
clearly what was needed: a supernatural visitation from the
Lord. Isaiah was saying, "Lord, we can't go on as we have,
with the same dead religious routine. We need a touch from
you like we've never known."

Isaiah's prophetic messages were heard throughout the
nation. It was a time of great religious gatherings,
complete with choirs and orchestras and people filling the
synagogues. The people were well versed in the Scriptures
and kept all the ordinances of the church. Yet, in spite of
all this activity - all the teaching, pageantry and good
works - the atmosphere in the synagogues was dead. Doing
God's work had become drudgery to the people, for one
reason: There was nothing of his presence in their rituals.

The prophet Micah spoke for God: "O my people, what have I
done unto thee? And wherein have I wearied thee? Testify
against me" (Micah 6:3). The Lord was prodding his church,
"Tell me, what have I done to weary you? I challenge you to
testify of what I did to cause your lethargy."

As Isaiah looked around the lifeless church, he was moved
to say, "There is none that calleth upon thy name, that
stirreth up himself to take hold of thee.... Thy holy cities
are a wilderness" (Isaiah 64:7, 10). Essentially, Isaiah
was saying, "Lord, you've blessed us with good teachers,
music and programs. But we don't have your presence, your
fire, your Holy Ghost power. I see no one calling out to
you. Lord, rend the heavens, come down and give us your
touch."

Beloved, I suggest to you: What a picture of Christ's
church today. We have been blessed with more tools for
evangelism than any other generation. We have more media
outlets for the gospel - more books, web sites, TV and
radio shows - than ever before. And now ministers and
congregations are more educated than ever. We have more
knowledge about the Bible, humankind and ourselves than at
any time in history.

Yet in nation after nation, a Christian can walk into a
Bible-believing church and come away without experiencing
the presence of Jesus. It is still rare to come out of a
service saying, "I was revived, made alive again, by being
in God's house." Simply put, there is very little Holy
Spirit power operating in much of the church. In my
opinion, we are missing Isaiah's cry: "Lord, reveal
yourself. Touch your people once more."

Centuries later, the same cry was heard among another
remnant.

The same cry was uttered by 120 believers who had gathered
in a rented room in Jerusalem. It was a time much like
Isaiah's day - a period of great religious observance, with
multitudes flocking to the temple from all over Israel.
There was great pageantry, and the synagogues teemed with
religious people. Yet these assemblies were lifeless. The
people were going through the motions, merely observing the
rituals.

You may wonder, "How could this be? This was the generation
that had sat under the fiery preaching of John the Baptist.
It was a generation that had beheld God in flesh - Jesus ­
walking among them, working miracles." Yet they were
lifeless, dry, empty.

Jesus himself had wept over these highly religious people.
He cried, "You have the very appearance of godliness, and
you go about doing charitable things. But inside you're
dead. You are devout in your rituals, but in your hearts
there is no life at all." They weren't stirred by the signs
and wonders Jesus performed. They weren't moved when he
cast out demons, freeing people who had suffered demonic
bondage for years. In the end, they rejected him, turning
away from God's offer of grace.

Yet the Lord never gave up on his people. Jesus prophesied
to his 120 disciples, "I am going to rain down my Spirit on
all flesh." To prepare them for this, he instructed, "Go to
Jerusalem and tarry there until I come."

Christ's message to his followers was essentially this:
"When you're together, fire is going to fall on the whole
gathering, and your hearts will melt. My supernatural fire
is going to remove all mountains - in your neighbors, your
fellow Jews and in all nations. Mountains of hardness and
unbelief will dissolve, with thousands saved in one hour.
The very mention of my name will convict and convince
multitudes."

As those 120 disciples gathered faithfully at the Upper
Room, they weren't just waiting for a date on the calendar.
The Bible says, "They were all with one accord in one
place" (Acts 2:1). This means they had come together as one
body for one purpose: with the hope of seeing Jesus'
promise fulfilled. Their cry was the same as in Isaiah's
day: "Lord, rend the heavens and come down. Let all
mountains of opposition, human and demonic, melt at your
presence, so the lost may be saved."

We know what happened: The Holy Ghost fell, with visible
fire appearing on the disciples' heads. This holy
outpouring took them to the streets of Jerusalem, where
thousands of lifeless religious people saw and heard what
was happening. Immediately the Spirit fell on that crowd,
melting every mountain of opposition. Peter stood up to
preach, and suddenly those who had rejected Jesus - masses
who had hardened their hearts - melted at the mention of
Christ's name. And 3,000 people cried out to be saved.

Consider what God was doing in that moment. All around the
world at that time, there were wars, uprisings, empires
invading nations, a time of great darkness. Multiple
millions were busy with commerce, as cargo ships and trade
caravans traversed the globe. Yet God's interest and focus
was on 120 humble, praying saints gathered in a small,
rented room. What does this tell us? Simply put, when God
strikes a match, there must be kindling for it to catch
fire. As his Spirit blew on those saints at Pentecost, a
flickering flame became a fire that soon would cover the
whole earth.

Once again, the same cry is
rising all over the world today.

Our Lord has a holy remnant in every nation. And right now
he is preparing a people who have stirred themselves to lay
hold of him. In small churches and gatherings all over the
globe - in China, India, Europe, Africa, North and South
America - a cry is rising, and it's getting more intense:
"Oh, God, tear open the heavens and come down. Send your
Holy Ghost fire. Melt away all flesh and manifest your
presence."

They know that Jesus' words to his disciples apply to them
as well: "My Spirit will change everything, in a moment's
time. All mountains of hardness and unbelief will melt
away, and everyone who has stood against you will now come
flocking." When this happens, there will be no advertising
of the event - no TV cameras, no featured evangelist, no
organizers staging a "revival." Instead, there will be only
a desperate, hungry people waiting on the Lord to reveal
himself in his glory and saving power.

God's people know he is the only sustaining source in these
troubling times, and soon the world is going to know it. As
the economy sinks deeper worldwide - as Iran and Russia
become more threatening, and global calamities occur ­
people won't tolerate a message of self-fulfillment.
They'll demand to know the reality of God in a world
spinning out of control.

And the promise that God gave to Isaiah applies today as
well: "For since the beginning of the world men have not
heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen,
O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that
waiteth for him" (Isaiah 64:4, my italics). God is going to
do new and fresh things, things unheard of before, things
even his people couldn't perceive. And Paul says we are
going to experience these wondrous things: "God hath
revealed them unto us by his Spirit" (1 Corinthians 2:10).

Who will receive this promised outpouring? "(Them) that
waiteth for him." The word for "wait" here means "bind
together," "gather together." In this case, God's people
are gathered together and bound together in one purpose,
holding onto one promise: that he will come down with his
presence and melt all hearts.

Already, there are evidences
God is rending the heavens
and coming down by his Spirit.

In addition to the growing hunger I see in Christ's body,
here are other evidences:

1. There is an outbreak of gladness even as things grow
darker. Here is one of the surest evidences the Holy Spirit
has begun to move supernaturally. A spirit of joy breaks
out over God's people, and they praise him triumphantly in
the midst of dark times: "Thou meetest him that rejoiceth
and worketh righteousness" (Isaiah 64:5).

This joy is going to be the source of our strength in the
days to come. Our ministry receives reports from all over
the world describing how the church is experiencing
supernatural joy in the worst of conditions. And it is
happening among ordinary Christians who have prayed for the
Lord to stir them. Their mountains of fear are melting like
wax, and they are now shouting with gladness.

2. When the Holy Spirit comes as a torrent of rain, he will
awaken the bride of Christ with a cry. What will be the
Spirit's cry? "Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to
meet him" (Matthew 25:6).

Tragically, the message of Christ's Second Coming has
nearly disappeared from pulpits today. The current
generation of pastors, evangelists and writers seldom
mention Jesus' soon return. Even on the Internet, where
countless message boards are filled with talk about the
church, there is not a sound about Christ's coming. Yet
John says the cry of the church in the last days will be:
"The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that
heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And
whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely"
(Revelation 22:17).

Tell me, where are the voices crying, "Come, Lord Jesus"?
Christ warned his church, "Watch therefore: for ye know not
what hour your Lord doth come" (Matthew 24:42). "Therefore
be ye also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the
Son of man cometh" (24:44). "His wife [bride] hath made
herself ready" (Revelation 19:7). Where is the church that
is watching, waiting, yearning for Jesus?

Jesus had strong words for those who would scoff at his
soon return: "(The) evil servant shall say in his heart, My
lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin...to eat and drink
with the drunken; the lord of that servant shall come in a
day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is
not aware of" (Matthew 24:48-50).

I ask you, has there ever been a time when humankind was so
wrapped up in covetousness? The party is over - the
economics of the entire world are shaking - yet multitudes,
including many in the church, are in denial about it. Right
now, the Holy Spirit is being poured out to wake a
slumbering church to prepare for his coming: "This world is
not your home. Now, stir yourself. Get ready to meet your
Bridegroom!"

No power in hell or on earth
can hinder the Holy Spirit's
moving when he comes.

I know the Bible says Satan has come down in these last
days with great wrath. But I can't conceive of God allowing
Satan and his forces to freely assault the church without
the Holy Spirit coming in greater power and manifestation.
I know the Bible says evil men will grow more and more
wicked, and that there will be a great falling away. I know
it says the love of many will grow cold and the faith of
many will be shipwrecked. I know it says false preachers
will come to deceive many and that people will love
pleasure more than God. I know it says even God's elect
will be greatly tempted. And I know many churches will grow
lukewarm as the coming of Christ draws near.

But, beloved, none of these things can hinder the work of
the Holy Spirit. Nothing can silence the shout of victory
he brings. Nothing can hold back the great, swelling tide
of triumphant praise that is coming. Nothing can put out
his fire or stop his rain from falling.

Dear saint, I urge you: be ready for those in your
workplace to come asking, "I know you're a Christian. I'm
so troubled by what's going on in the world. Please, tell
me what you believe." To every humble pastor of a small
church, and to every leader of an unseen prayer group, I
urge you: Wherever you may be called, the Holy Ghost wants
to come into your midst, touch you and revive you. Will you
believe it?

The only thing those 120 disciples in the Upper Room had to
hold onto was a promise from Jesus that he would come. And
he did come, with power unseen in all of history. Likewise
today, all we have to hold onto is a promise from our Lord.
He pledged to all who would follow him, "I appoint unto you
a kingdom" (Luke 22:29).

Right now, the Lord is hearing his people's cry, all over
the world. And he is pouring out his Holy Spirit with his
own cry: "Even so, come, Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22:20). As
the Spirit falls and stirs our hearts, let this be our cry
also: "Behold, Jesus is coming. Let us go out to meet him!"


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 2009/1/5 11:53
psalm1
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 Re: The state of the Church

John says the cry of the church in the last days will be:
"The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that
heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And
whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely"
(Revelation 22:17).

Tell me, where are the voices crying, "Come, Lord Jesus"?
Christ warned his church, "Watch therefore: for ye know not
what hour your Lord doth come" (Matthew 24:42). "Therefore
be ye also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the
Son of man cometh" (24:44). "His wife [bride] hath made
herself ready" (Revelation 19:7). Where is the church that
is watching, waiting, yearning for Jesus?

Jesus had strong words for those who would scoff at his
soon return: "(The) evil servant shall say in his heart, My
lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin...to eat and drink
with the drunken; the lord of that servant shall come in a
day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is
not aware of" (Matthew 24:48-50).


Woah! As I read this it was impacted on me that this is true.

The church blames those that look for his coming and now actually teaches the delay.

Dave speaks of the hunger. And it is refreshing to hear that the power of God to be manifested in his presence is indeed desired by the bride.

 2009/1/5 13:17Profile









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A timely word to us all.........brother Frank

 2009/1/5 14:31
Choo
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Joined: 2008/2/29
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 Re:

Amen!!
Charmaine

 2009/1/5 15:00Profile









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Hi Charmaine ...God bless you sister, wasn't this a powerful word from David Wilkerson??.........brother Frank

 2009/1/5 16:53









 Re: The state of the Church

Dear saint, I urge you: be ready for those in your
workplace to come asking, "I know you're a Christian. I'm
so troubled by what's going on in the world. Please, tell
me what you believe." To every humble pastor of a small
church, and to every leader of an unseen prayer group, I
urge you: Wherever you may be called, the Holy Ghost wants
to come into your midst, touch you and revive you. Will you
believe it?

Our GREAT commission for Christ, through the power of His Holy Spirit. A truly anointed word from David Wilkerson. Thanks for posting for it, brother!

 2009/1/5 17:36









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I always find David Wilkersons monthly letters timely. He seems to be one of the few people around who really has a good grip on what is going on. A voice you can trust, He obviously stays close to the Lord......Frank

 2009/1/5 18:48
stephent
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Joined: 2008/12/29
Posts: 27
Boston, Ma.

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50 yrs ago David Wilkerson went into NY City and started preaching the Gospel of Christ. Not long after that a Discipleship Ministry was started, of which I graduated. Bless that guy!

 2009/1/13 10:10Profile





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