ZADOK PUBLICATIONS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
October 1, 2016
Ever since the Rev. Brian Mason of Wales telephoned to talk about spiritual issues of the day, I have been interested in the Hebrides Awakening of 1949. In the course of conversation, he said, "Oh, by the way, I want to relate something you may not know." Hurriedly, I assured him there were many things I didn't know, but please say on. "Did you know that Donald Trump's grandmother lived on the Isle of Lewis where two sisters (ages 82 and 84) prayed from ten at night to two or three in the morning every night for months until God showed up in power?" (This may explain Trump's heritage in Scottish Presbyterian theology and a lineage from a very fundamental set of believers in holiness and spiritual awakening.)
I confessed that I knew nothing of any of this and especially the Hebrides Awakening, the Isle of Lewis, or the area of Barvas, where all this came down. Rev. Mason began citing various books I could find which "relayed the accounts" and pointed to articles by the Rev. Duncan Campbell who was greatly involved in that movement of the Spirit. Immediately after our conversation, I called a friend of this ministry who acquires rare texts and he sent a copy of one of those books, The Price and Power of Revival, authored by Campbell. The book began by separating Evangelistic Meetings from Revival Awakenings. His work redefined these two areas powerfully.
Shortly after reading this text and in a phone conversation with Jim Mc Cants, he reminded me that a number of years ago he had sent a monolith of a collection of accounts from various sources on the Hebrides Revival. I dug through my library and submit for your observation a number of quotes from that work. God wanted me to immerse myself in this
event and reminded me of the all-night prayer meetings for revival I had fostered while a student in college (1953-56).
In this newsletter, I want to use some of the events that surrounded this mid-Twentieth Century event. Hopefully, it will cause my readers to immerse themselves in this historic outpouring as well.
One of the basic premises of this sovereign move of God was a handful of people who clung to certain Scriptures with tenacity and would not stop until God carried out His promise.
One of those Scriptures is the one below and afterwards other verses will follow.
2 Chronicles 7:13-15
14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.
Slowly, I have begun to realize the true import of these verses. "Seek My face," was sequential after humbling oneself and praying. Comparing the prayer meeting on the Isle of Lewis to my own and others, I found no similarity. Perhaps the "clips" included later in this newsletter may cause you to arrive at the same conclusions-The Spirit will interpret and decide.
Nonetheless, I embarked on a Scripture search based on "seeking His face." Various categories began to arise showing when He would show His face and when He hid His face. David greatly desired to "seek His face," as evidenced in multiple Psalms. The question arises as to whether or not we desire the same?
7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice!
Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
8 When You said, "Seek My face,"
My heart said to You, "Your face, LORD, I will seek."
9 Do not hide Your face from me;
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not leave me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation.
Because the "Rabbi's of Redefinition" have sought to re-define every aspect of spirituality today, I want to touch upon two aspects of the Hebrides Awakening that appear to be lost in modern churchdom. One is what do we mean by prayer and what do we mean by revival?
First, I want to present to you Duncan Campbell's dichotomy of the two when he addressed a student body about the events at Barvas and the Isle of Lewis. In this address, he explains the difference between an evangelistic campaign and revival. It is a beautiful word.
(The following message and text was delivered to the student body of the Faith Mission Bible College at Edinburg, Scotland.) His text was:
Oh, that You would rend the heavens!
That You would come down!
That the mountains might shake at Your presence -
2 As fire burns brushwood,
As fire causes water to boil -
To make Your name known to Your adversaries,
That the nations may tremble at Your presence!
3 When You did awesome things for which we did not look,
You came down,
The mountains shook at Your presence
(Below is His Redefinition of Revival,)
First, let me tell you what I mean by revival. An evangelistic campaign or special meeting is not revival. In a successful evangelistic campaign or crusade, there will be hundreds or even thousands of people making decisions for Jesus Christ, but the community remains untouched, and the churches continue much the same as before the outreach. In revival, God moves in the district. Suddenly, the community becomes God conscious. The Spirit of God grips men and women in such a way that even work is given up as people give themselves to waiting upon God. In the midst of the Lewis Awakening, the parish minister at Barvas wrote, "The Spirit of the Lord was resting wonderfully on the different townships of the region. His Presence was in the homes of the people, on meadow and moorland, and even on the public roads." This presence of God is the supreme characteristic of a God-sent revival. Of the hundreds who found Jesus Christ during this time fully seventy-five percent were saved before they came near a meeting or heard a sermon by myself or any other ministers in the parish. The power of God, the Spirit of God, was moving in operation, and the fear of God gripped the souls of men--this is God-sent revival as distinct from special efforts in the field of evangelism.
A foundation for intercession and a vision:
How did this gracious movement begin? In 1949, the local presbytery issued a proclamation to be read on a certain Sunday in all the Free Churches on the island of Lewis. This proclamation called the people to consider the low state of vital religion throughout the land and the present dispensation of Divine displeasure due to growing carelessness toward public worship and the growing influence of the spirit of pleasure which has taken a growing hold on the younger generation. They called on the churches to "take these matters to heart and to make serious inquiry what must be the end if there be no repentance. We call upon every individual before God to examine his or her life in light of that responsibility which attends to us all and that happily in divine mercy we may be visited with a spirit of repentance and turn again to the Lord whom we have so grieved."
I am not prepared to say what effect the reading of this declaration had upon the ministers or people of the island in general, but I do know that in the parish of Barvas a number of men and women took it to heart, especially two old women. I am ashamed to think of it-two sisters, one eighty-two and one eighty-four, the latter blind. These two women developed a great heart concern for God to do something in the parish and gave themselves to waiting upon God in their little cottage.
One night, God gave one of the sisters a vision. Now, we have got to understand that in revival remarkable things happen. It is supernatural; you are not moving on human level, you are moving in divine places. In the vision, she saw the churches crowded with young people and she told her sister, "I believe revival is coming to this parish." At that time, there was not a single young person attending public worship, a fact which cannot be disputed. Sending for the minister, she told him her story and he took her message as a word from God to his heart. Turning to her he said, "What do you think we should do?" "What?" she said, "Give yourself to prayer; give yourself to waiting upon God. Get your elders and deacons together and spend at least two nights a week waiting upon God in prayer. If you will do that at your end of the parish, my sister and I will do it at our end of the parish from ten o'clock at night until two or three o'clock in the morning." So, the minister called his leaders together and for several months they waited upon God in a barn among the straw. During this time they pled one promise, Isaiah 44:3.
For I will pour water on him who is thirsty,
And floods on the dry ground;
I will pour My Spirit on your descendants,
And My blessing on your offspring;
This went on for at least three months. Nothing happened. But one night a young deacon rose and began reading from Psalm 24:
3 Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive blessing from the LORD,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,
Who seek Your face.
Closing his Bible, he addressed the minister and other office bearers in words that sound crude in English, but not so crude in our Gaelic language.
"It seems to me so much humbug. To be waiting as we are waiting, to be praying as we are praying, when we ourselves are not rightly related to God."
Then, he lifted his hands toward heaven and prayed
"O God, are my hands clean? Is my heart pure?"
Then, he went to his knees and fell into a trance. Now, don't ask me to explain the physical manifestations of this movement because I can't, but this I do know that something happened in that barn at that moment in that young deacon. There was a power loosed that shook the heavens and an awareness of God gripped those gathered together.
(Breakthrough in Barvas.)
Now, I wasn't in the island at the time. I was in another area when word came asking me to come to Lewis for ten days. I had other meetings scheduled and wrote back, that I would put Barvas on my calendar for the following year. However, due to circumstances I won't go into, my other meetings were canceled, and I found it possible to go to the islands as requested. (The two old women told their minister that Campbell would be there within two weeks and he was.) Arriving by boat, I was met by the minister of the church and one of his office bearers. As I stepped ashore, the office bearer came to me and said, "Mr. Campbell, may I ask you a question? Are you walking with God?" I was happy to be able to respond, "I can say this at any rate, I fear God."
They had arranged for me to address the church at a short meeting beginning at nine o'clock that night. It was a remarkable meeting. God sovereignly moved, and there was an awareness of God which was wonderful. The meeting lasted until four o'clock in the morning, and I had not witnessed anything to compare with it at any other time during my ministry.
Around midnight, a group of young people left a dance and crowded into the church. There were people who couldn't go to sleep because they were so gripped by God. Although there was an awareness of God and a spirit of conviction at this initial meeting, the real breakthrough came a few days later on Sunday night in the parish church. The church was full, and the Spirit of God was moving in such a way that I couldn't preach.
I just stood still and gazed upon the wondrous moving of God. Men and women were crying out to God for mercy all over the church. There was no appeal made whatsoever. After meeting for over three hours, I pronounced the benediction and told the people to go out, but mentioned that any who wanted to continue the meeting could come back later. A young deacon came to me and said, "Mr. Campbell, God is hovering over us." About that time, the clerk of the session asked me to come to the back door. There was a crowd of at least 600 people gathered in the yard outside the church. Someone gave out Psalm 102*, and the crowd streamed back
*Hear my prayer, O LORD,
And let my cry come to You.
2 Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble;
Incline Your ear to me;
In the day that I call, answer me speedily.
3 For my days are consumed like smoke,
And my bones are burned like a hearth.
4 My heart is stricken and withered like grass,
So that I forget to eat my bread.
5 Because of the sound of my groaning
My bones cling to my skin.
6 I am like a pelican of the wilderness;
I am like an owl of the desert.
7 I lie awake,
And am like a sparrow alone on the housetop.
into the church which could no longer hold the number of people. A young school teacher came down front crying out, "O God is there nothing left for me?" She is a missionary in Nigeria today. There was a bus load of people coming to the meeting from sixty miles away. The power of God came into the bus so that some could not even enter the church when the bus arrived. People were swooning all over the church, and I cannot remember one single person who was moved on by God that night who was not gloriously born again. When I went out of the church at four o'clock in the morning, there were a great number of people praying alongside the road. In addition to the school teacher, several of those born again that night are in foreign mission work today.
(In Church, Meadow, and Moorland)
From Barvas, the move of God spread to the neighboring districts. I received a message that a nearby church was crowded at one o'clock in the morning and wanted me to come. When I arrived, the church was full and there were crowds outside. Coming out of the church two hours later, I found a group of 300 people, unable to get into the church, praying in a nearby field. One old woman complained about the noise of the meetings because she could not get to sleep. A deacon grabbed her and shook her, saying, "Woman, you have been asleep long enough!"
There was one area of the islands which wanted me to come, but I didn't feel any leading to accept the invitation. The blind sister encouraged me to go and told me, "If you were living as near to God as you ought to be, He would reveal His secrets to you." I agreed to spend a morning in prayer with her in the cottage. As we prayed, the sister said, "Lord, You remember what You told me today that You were going to save seven men in this church. I just gave Your message to Mr. Campbell and please give him wisdom because he badly needs it."
She told me if I would go to the village, God would provide a congregation. I agreed to go, and when I arrived at seven o'clock, there were approximately 400 people at the church. The people could not tell what it was that had brought them; it had been directed by the Spirit of God. I spoke for a few minutes on the text "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30)." One of the ministers stopped me and said, "Come see this." At one end of the meeting house, the most notorious characters in the community were on their faces crying out to God.
On a trip to a neighboring island, I found the people were very cold and stiff. Calling for some men to come over and pray, I particular requested that a young man named Donald accompany them. Donald, who was seventeen years old, had been recently saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit about two weeks later on a hillside. As we were in the church that night, Donald was sitting toward the front with tears falling off his face onto the floor. I knew Donald was in touch with God in a way that I was not. So I stopped preaching and asked him to pray. Donald rose to his feet and prayed,
"I seem to be gazing into an open door and see the Lamb in the midst of the throne and the keys of death and hell on his waist."
Then he stopped and began to sob. After he composed himself, he lifted his eyes toward heaven, raised his hands, and said,
"God, there is power there. Let it loose!"
And at that moment, the power of God fell upon the congregation. On one side of the room, the people threw up their hands, put their heads back and kept them in that position for two hours. It is hard to do this for ten minutes, much less two hours. On the other side, the people were slumped over, crying out for mercy. In a village five miles away, the power of God swept through the town and there was hardly a house in that village that didn't have someone saved in it that night.
In one area of the district, there was bitter opposition to the movement because I preached the baptism of the Holy Ghost as a separate and distinct occurrence following conversion. Those who opposed me were so successful in their opposition that very few people came to the meetings. One night, the session clerk came to me and said, "There is only one thing we can do to correct the situation which now prevails. We must give ourselves to waiting upon God in prayer. I have been told there is a farmer who said we could meet in his home. He is not a Christian and his wife isn't saved, but they are God-fearing people."
About thirty of us, ministers and elders from the district, met in this farmer's house. I felt the going very, very hard. I prayed. All the ministers prayed. One felt that the very powers of hell were unleashed. About midnight, I turned to one of the elders and told him I thought the time had come for him to lay hold of God. This man rose to his feet and prayed for about half an hour. (Of course, you must remember that we were in revival, and in revival time doesn't exist. Nobody was looking at the clock.)
The man paused, lifted his hand toward heaven and said, "God, did You know that Your honor is at stake? You gave the promise that You would pour water on the thirsty and floods upon the dry ground, and You are not doing it." I wonder how many of us could approach God with words like that on our lips?
Then he said, "There are five ministers in this meeting, including Mr. Campbell, and I don't know where a one of them stands in Your Presence. But if I know anything about my own heart, I think I can say that I am thirsty for a manifestation of Your power." He paused again, then cried out in a loud voice,
"God, Your honor is at stake and I now challenge You to pour water on the thirsty and floods upon the dry ground."
And in that moment the stone-built house literally shook like a leaf. I immediately went to the Acts of the Apostles where it is recorded that they prayed and the place where they were assembled was shaken. As soon as this dear man stopped praying, I pronounced the benediction a little after two o'clock in the morning and went out to find the whole village ablaze with God. I went into one house and found nine women on their knees in the kitchen crying out to God. One woman saved that night has written some of the finest Gaelic hymns in our Gaelic hymnal. On the following Sunday, the road was black with the people walking two miles to the church. The drinking house in that particular village closed that night and has never reopened since. This is God at work. A God sent revival is always a revival of holiness.
It takes the supernatural to break the bonds of the natural. You can make a community mission-conscious. You can make a community crusade-conscious. But only God can make a community God-conscious. Just think about what would happen if God came to any community in power. I believe that day is coming. May God prepare us all for it. Amen
Source: International Revival Network: www.openheaven.com.
First, let me say how important it is to re-define our vision of true revival and what prayer is. The model to which we are accustomed is not God's vision for revival. What you have just read surely must cause a stirring. Hopefully, the following accounts will add to what is moving in your spirit. What you have read is different from The Toronto Blessing and the Florida Gatherings and all the crusade efforts of a past Century. We have not witnessed the kind of move that the Isle of Lewis experienced in our day because we have not had the vision for intercession they had. O' let God paint a vision in our hearts that will commit to Him even beyond what they committed!
Excerpt from When God Came Down, Duncan Campbell:
"Burdened, broken and bold praying is the nerve centre of revival. There is a price to be paid of curbed freedom, of resolute concentration, of agonizing supplication."
Excerpt from Margaret MacLeod, Sounds, pgs. 86,111.
"It was a community at prayer. There was great expectancy and much prayer. We prayed mightily. We believed that God would work - and He did!" "A whole volume of prayer ascended from Christian folk all over the Barvas area for revival. The place was soaked in prayer."
Excerpt from an observer of Donald MacPhail
Donald MacPhail's prayer in Bernera, cried, "I see the Lamb in the midst of the throne with the keys of death and hell at his girdle. O God, there is power there. Let it loose." Then with the force of a hurricane the Spirit of God swept in. The church resembled a battlefield. God had come.
Excerpts from an Observer:
Duncan Campbell of the Faith Mission was at this time holding a mission in Skye. He was invited by Rev. Mackay to come to Barvas for a series of special meetings. God had revealed to Peggy and Christine Smith that Duncan Campbell was God's instrument for the coming revival. He had not yet revealed this to Duncan Campbell who said he could not come but would come the next year. However, God overruled, and 2 weeks later Duncan Campbell was in Barvas. The Skye convention had been cancelled. He came to Lewis for 10 days but stayed for 2 years.
At the first Barvas meeting, there was a great sense of expectancy but no great breakthrough. A deacon said, "God is hovering over us. He is going to break through in a mighty move." About 30 people went to pray in a cottage through the night after the meeting.
This is Duncan Campbell's description of what happened -
"God was beginning to move, the heavens were opening, we were there on our face before God. Three o'clock in the morning came and GOD SWEPT IN. About a dozen men and women lay prostrate on the floor, speechless. Something has happened; we knew that the forces of darkness were being driven back, and men were going to be delivered. We left the cottage at 3.00 am to discover men and women seeking God. I walked along a country road, and found three men on their faces, crying to God for mercy. There was a light in every home. No one seemed to think of sleep."
They found around 600 people gathered outside the church. They had got out of their beds, all drawn by some unseen power and gathered at the church.
The next day buses started to arrive from all over the island - no-one knew how this happened. The Holy Spirit did his own publicity!
In the meetings people fell into trances, swooned and wept and cried for mercy all over the church. A special feature of the revival was the overwhelming sense of the presence of God -not only in the meetings, but everywhere - in the pubs and dance halls too.
There were five weeks of continuous meetings in Barvas with services going on till 3.00 am. (Whittaker, p 114.)
The Holy Spirit Directed Things:
Peggy and Christine Smith heard from God where Duncan Campbell should go to hold meetings. He once challenged Peggy and she replied, "Mr. Campbell, if you were living as near to God as you ought to be, He would reveal his secrets to you also."
God showed Peggy that seven men would be saved in this particular village, and they were! Peggy and Christine were "so acquainted with the works of the Spirit that they knew instinctively where anxious souls were to be found."
People would gather in a place and nobody had called them. God brought them together.
The Revival Spreads to other places:
The second parish to be affected was Ness. Here the church was crowded at 1.00 am and Duncan Campbell and the other ministers were sent for. The Spirit of God had laid hold of the people. Duncan Campbell found a crowd of 300 people gathered in a field. There was no room for them in the church.
Arnol. (Excerpt from: Sounds from Heaven. P 113)
In May 1950, the revival fire moved on to Arnol. This was a village where there was much opposition. It was a place "as hard as the rocks." Duncan Campbell was opposed over the issue of Baptism in the Spirit as an experience subsequent to conversion.
After the meeting, a group of 30 went to pray in the home of Donald and Bella Smith. It was hard going but about midnight an elder was invited to pray. John Smith, the blacksmith, prayed for half an hour and in his prayer challenged God to fulfill his promise saying,
"You have promised to pour water on him that is thirsty. If You don't do it, how can I ever believe You again? Your honor is at stake. You are a covenant- keeping God. Fulfill Your covenant engagement."
After this prayer, the house shook.
Excerpt from: Whittaker p 117.
Duncan Campbell said, "Wave after wave of divine power swept through the house, and in a matter of minutes following this heaven-sent visitation, men and women were on their faces in distress of soul." They experienced Isaiah 64: 3. God came down among them. The whole village became "ablaze with God." Soon the pub had to close as it lost all its clients.
On Easter Monday 1952, Duncan Campbell felt an inner urge to go to Berneray. (North of North Uist.) He discovered that he was expected. As one of the services there ended, the Holy Spirit came down on people as they left the church. In the open air, they fell down on their knees asking God for mercy.
North Uist. 1957-58
Uist had never known revival.
God's main instruments were four young girls from the Faith Mission, Mary Peckham, Jean Wilson, Mary Morrison and Margaret MacIntyre. They were in their early 20s.
They arrived in North Uist late in 1957 and moved in a circle around the island over a year starting in Lochmaddy, moving on to the school at Sollas, the school at Tighgarry, Bayhead School and finishing at Carinish in Dec 1958.
They were greatly supported by visits from Duncan Campbell.
Much time was spent visiting people in their homes, building friendships, praying and singing.
1. Praise. Gaelic singing and solos played a big part. Kate Ann Shirran said "Revival singing is anointed singing. It is like a fire that goes through one's whole being."
2. Quiet Reverence. The meetings were orderly with a deep sense of quiet reverence as the Spirit of God moved upon each gathering.
3. Preaching. There was a fearless portrayal of human depravity and lostness. The preaching was characterized by plain speaking and a clear gospel presentation. Invitations to come to the Savior were given with energy and fervor. The power of the Spirit made the preaching effective. People who had sat under gospel preaching unmoved for decades were suddenly convicted and saved.
Of course, I could add many pages of testimonies to this great awakening. It is clear by what is presented here, we have prayed for revival without understanding the price and the power of such a move. But, with this brief glimpse into what came down in the Hebrides, one can see what is needed across the world today. The readership of this newsletter forms a unique group spread over every continent and nation on earth. Together, we too can pray with new fervor and raise the bar of expectancy for His answer.
(Special Message to those who will attend the Atlanta meeting: I personally feel the Hebrides outpouring has special significance to those who are attending. I know, in the Spirit, this is a special meeting and I ask that you "soak this gathering in prayer,")
REQUEST: STOP AT THIS POINT AND DEAL WITH THE SPIRIT ISSUES IN YOUR OWN LIFE. DO NOT CONTINUE TO READ PAST THIS POINT. THE STUDY BELOW SHOULD BE READ AND STUDIED AT A SEPARATE TIME.
Bible Study Addendum:
On the matter of "SEEKING HIS FACE:"
Below is a brief study on the "face of God." Barvas and those on the Isle of Lewis
sought His face. Much is entailed in this searching, and below is an analysis of the categories found in the Word. As you "seek His face," may you find this a resource which leads to God-sent revival.
l. Occasions where He Spoke "Face to Face."
Examples: Abraham, Jacob (Israel), Moses
Abraham: Genesis 17:1-2
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. 2 And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly."
Jacob: Genesis 32:30-31
30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: "For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved."
Moses: Exodus 33:10-11
11 So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.
5 Then the LORD came down in the pillar of cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam. And they both went forward. 6 Then He said,
"Hear now My words:
If there is a prophet among you,
I, the LORD, make Myself known to him in a vision;
I speak to him in a dream.
7 Not so with My servant Moses;
He is faithful in all My house.
8 I speak with him face to face,
Even plainly, and not in dark sayings;
And he sees the form of the LORD.
Why then were you not afraid
To speak against My servant Moses?"
2. Occasions when the Prophets would see the Lord.
Examples: Isaiah, Ezekiel
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.
26 And above the firmament over their heads was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone; on the likeness of the throne was a likeness with the appearance of a man high above it.
3. Occasions where He Hid His face.
1. Against rulers of the house of Israel and the shepherds:
4 Then they will cry to the LORD,
But He will not hear them;
He will even hide His face from them at that time,
Because they have been evil in their deeds.
2. As a punishment to His people.
8 With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment;
But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you.
Says the LORD, your Redeemer.
They will forsake Me and break My covenant which I have made with them. 17 Then My anger shall be aroused against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide My face from them, and they shall be devoured. And many evils and troubles shall befall them, so that they will say in that day, 'Have not these evils come upon us because our God is not among us?' 18 And I will surely hide My face in that day because of all the evil which they have done, in that they have turned to other gods.
3. As Judgment on Israel for the "spirit of Harlotry:
5 The pride of Israel testifies to his face;
Therefore Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity;
Judah also stumbles with them.
6 "With their flocks and herds
They shall go to seek the LORD,
But they will not find Him;
He has withdrawn Himself from them.
7 They have dealt treacherously with the LORD,
For they have begotten pagan children.
4. Occasions where He set His face against something or someone.
Whoever of the children of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell in Israel, who gives any of his descendants to Molech, he shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. 3 I will set My face against that man, and will cut him off from his people, because he has given some of his descendants to Molech, to defile My sanctuary and profane My holy name.
if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant,
16 I also will do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart.
And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
17 I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies.
16 The face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
Injustice: (why we contribute to so many ministries in Prisons)
34 To crush under one's feet
All the prisoners of the earth,
35 To turn aside the justice due a man
Before the face of the Most High,
36 Or subvert a man in his cause -
The Lord does not approve.
Against subversive nations:
"And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel," says the Lord GOD, "that My fury will show in My face. 19 For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: 'Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel,"
5. Occasions where He reveals His face in Presence and in Blessings:
21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him."
emphanizo (em-fan-id'-zo); from NT: 1717; to exhibit (in person) or disclose (by words):
KJV - appear, declare (plainly), inform, (will) manifest, shew, signify.
(Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
23 Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. 4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. 5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.
6. Then there is this verse:
1 Timothy 6:14-16
14 that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ's appearing, 15 which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.
The command still remains, "seek My Face."
Until Next month,
Dr. Cosby R. Oliver, PhD.
From the Mailbag:
1. Janice H., Deal (Kent) UK (Responding to Amos Study, Sept. l, Newsletter)
Thank you, Dr. Oliver, for this excellent bible study. How relevant it is
for today. God bless you.
2. Debbie F., Bedford, Va. (Commenting on Solomon's Secret)
I have started with Solomon's Secret. So no doubt it was the Spirit of the Lord that let me to start with it. I am enthralled with it. Tears of joy fill my heart and eyes as I read.
In the front of the book I wrote this prayer:
Holy Spirit I pray that you burn within my heart the knowledge and wisdom written
on these pages. Burn them into my heart and let them be sealed within me.
Let the words penned become fully alive and engulf me. Let me come away fully changed and renewed in your power and to your Glory. In Christ Jesus Amen!
3. Lois Jean, M., Colorado Springs, Co. (Sending a love offering and writing).
Every day I thank God for our friendship. You have blessed me so much. Thank you for your prayers too.
I want to be Holy as He is holy. I want to be a humble servant and do the will of God. "Let the words of my mouth and mediation of my heart be acceptable, O Lord my strength and my Redeemer."
People need the Lord. Christians are going the way of the world and all deceived. We must walk as Enoch walked. He pleased God.
God raised me up for such a time s this. We are tested, but there is Victory. We are separated from the world.
4. Deanna, K, Oregon (Commenting on the book, Sealed Unto His Coming)
Just a note to let you know I cannot get enough of this book. I wish I
had more reading time to study it fully - when I am able to do so, it
ministers to my spirit in a way I cannot put words to. Seldom is there
any 'book' written that carries an anointing as does this one.
Therefore, I am hoping to set aside a week to study it, Lord willing I
will do that.