Thank you for this article. Could I add some references, all from Revelation Rev 1. These verses make it impossible to interpret John 1. Chris H. AU October 12th, Who is the First and the Last? Note that "the Alpha and Omega" of something, in Greek, translates as an extremely emphatic "be all and end all" - even today. I am the First and the Last. Also, who is coming soon? Rev 22v12; Rev 22v7; Rev 22v Lionel T.
Oh the irony! Lita Cosner October 13th, We don't worship a book, we worship the God who gave us a book that helped to end slavery, gives the only answer for racial reconciliation, and calls us to self-sacrificial love of our enemies even to the point of death for the Gospel. Without God's Word, why not enslave and kill others who aren't just like you? I mean, if it's all survival of the fittest, why should I get all sentimental about human beings who aren't part of 'my tribe'.
Christianity gives us the only basis for caring about all humans, because we're all closely related via Adam and Eve, and Christ died to save people of every tribe, tongue, and nation. Ray S. God hates idol worship as indicated throughout the Old Testament. Every one has to have a god, as we were created that way. It goes without saying that people wil worship idols. As to not seeing idol worship now days doesn't mean it's not happening.
My mother in law is catholic and her house, not to mention her church, is full of them. Can't see it for the life of her. Many other religions, countries and people are full of idolatry; it's everywhere and is spreading as the world gets further from the true and living God, Jesus Christ. The whole world will soon run after the idol shepherd. Such is the human heart! Bob J. CA October 9th, Consider - Isaiah ; Jehovah declares that He does not share His glory. John John Jesus walks on the sea; Matthew cf.
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Job - "He alone spreads out the heavens, and treads on the waves of the sea. Isaiah He calms the storm - Matthew cf. Psalm - "You rule the raging of the sea; when it's waves rise, You still them. Hebrews The Father calls the Son God. Hebrews The Father calls the Son Lord. Jehovah in Isaiah is called 'eel gibboor - Mighty God. Isaiah calls the Son Mighty God.
This word 'eel most of the time speaks of the true God and when not, refers to a false god or an idol. Isaiah is obviously calling the Messiah the true God. He wouldn't be prophesying a false god! John is a direct statement regarding the deity of Christ. The Jehovah Witnesses claim that there is Jehovah and Jesus is a lesser god.
If this were so it not only contradicts Scripture - Isaiah Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the Lord, and beside Me there is no Savior cf. Acts ; Titus Also when the JW's say this they are guilty of polytheism - One true God plus one lesser god! His enemies couldn't convict Him of sin - John cf.
Hebrews II Chronicles cf. Mark ; Luke ; John And He forgives sin! Had the signs of the Messiah Isaiah cf. John ,; Matthew ZA October 8th, Having recently had a run-in with an atheist colleague at work I've wondered how to address the issue of his staunch belief that science has provided all the answers.
One issue I thought that might have to be addressed is what is the definition of a god since atheists don't believe in such. The other being what is the origin of life? This reminded me that I once asked this same question on biologos, pointing out that their common questions section does not address that question directly.
So I went to have a look and now they have revamped their website and put in an answer. One that clearly illustrates where idolatry arises. In my opinion, whoever or whatever gives rise to life as we know it is our god or God. So when one reads on biologos that " But this does not mean that supernatural activity is the only possible explanation The article at least acknowledges that the "scientific" position has no answer. On another question of whether the long lives or plus years shown in the early genealogies are literal or symbolic, the answer is that the statements are not to be taken literally as understood in modern English.
This is of course because if done so then it represents a monstrous problem for evolution. So the resolution is to indulge in complicated modern numerology which requires the high priests of science to clarify: Reinterpret the words as posed to fit in with evolution. Thus Abiogenesis and Evolution have become the new gods - that which gives rise to life as we know it.
The modern idolatry is subtle, coming in as a lamb amongst the flock, but equally deadly in its outcome. David M. AU October 8th, Thank you Lita for your biblically based response. I found it interesting for you to mention Deuteronomy in the polemic against the false gods, as this verse is quoted by the Apostle Paul in Romans So what does that have to do with idols and the idea of non-existent false gods?
Richard L. AE October 8th, This is subtle idolatry. It is also an example of localized mind-dulling Rom. The ultimate expression of such foolishness—beyond that of the ancients—exists within atheists. Science is the search for true causation of natural phenomena. The prerequisite search for adequate causation narrows the search for true causation. The ancients did have some science activity Isis [U of Chicago], Dec. Almost certainly, their wrong belief in many within-nature gods was a wrong attempt to seek out adequate causation, while rightly acknowledging true intelligent design within nature.
Not trusting God re the harvest, they bought an extra insurance policy from the Moloch people—with horrifying results. We Christians are also vulnerable. Lyellian teaching captured me, at age 8. Christian R. CA October 8th, I also use other verses to talk about the deity of Christ, leaving JW puzzled: Rom ; Tit ; Tit how many Saviours are there?? In the old testament, we also see how God says there is no other God Is , 25, 18 , he created heavens and earth, as inCol GB October 7th, False Worship involves occultic union with demons particularly when sexual elements are involved.
It is little wonder that so much degradation is involved. Clearly the fact that angels cannot reproduce makes our ability to reproduce a particular target for the Kingdom of Darkness. Lewis in his Screwtape Letters gives some of the strategies regularly used. Troy M. US October 7th, While most believe intelligent people do not worship false gods, one only need visit a science museum and observe. On a recent visit to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science museum or a better title would be the Dallas Science Temple, I observed priest guiding adults and children to the various worship chambers teaching them how the universe was formed, how life began and evolved, everything from single-cell organisms to complete ecosystems.
Revival groups, especially youth, enjoy working together in unity and community, including a stronger emphasis on helping others in the community. Families are strengthened in the revival. Parents spend more time with their youth and children to encourage and help them, often leading them in Bible readings and family prayers now. Many new gifts and ministries are being used by more people that before, including revelations and healing.
Even children receive revelations or words of knowledge about hidden magic artefacts or ginger plants related to spirit power, and remove them. Churches are growing. Many church buildings in the Marovo Lagoon have been pulled down to be replaced by much bigger buildings to fit in the crowds. Offerings and community support have increased. Increasingly Christians unite in reconciliation for revival meetings, prayer and service to the community.
Dr Ronald Ziru, then administrator of the United Church Hospital in Munda in the western islands hosted the team there, which included his son Calvin. They found it at Honiara after their return from the western islands. The team first experienced the revival on an island near Munda. They took the outboard motor canoe with Rev Fred Alizeru from Munda. Two weeks previously, early in July, revival started there with the Spirit poured out on children and youth, so they just want to worship and pray for hours.
They meet every night from around 5. The team encouraged the children to see school as a mission field, to pray with their friends there, and learn well so they could serve God better. At Seghe and in the Marovo Lagoon the revival spread since Easter. Some adults became involved, also repenting and seeking more of the Holy Spirit. Many outpourings and gifts of the Spirit have emerged, including the following:. Transformed lives — Many youths that the police used to check on because of alcohol and drug abuse became sober and on fire for God attending daily worship and prayer meetings.
A man who rarely went to church led the youth singing group at Seghe. Adults publicly reconciled after years of old rifts or strife. Long worship — This included prophetic words or actions and visions. About youth and children led worship at both Sunday services with 1, attending in Patutiva village where the revival began.
They sang revival songs and choruses accompanied by their youth band. Visions — Children saw visions of Jesus smiling at worship, weeping at hard hearts , angels, hell with relatives sitting close to a lake of fire, so the children warned them. Children show parents where they hid these things! If other adults did that there would be anger and feuds, but they accept it from their children.
One boy told police that a man accused of stealing a chain saw and sacked was innocent as he claimed, and gave them the name of the culprit, by word of knowledge. The accused man returned to work. Spiritual Gifts — teaching sessions discussed traditional and revival worship, deliverance, discernment of spirits, gifts of the Spirit, understanding and interpreting visions, tongues, healing, Spirit-led worship and preaching, and leadership in revival. Many young people became leaders moving strongly in many spiritual gifts.
A different team of 22 visited the Solomon Islands for a month, in November-December , most coming from Pentecost Island, Vanuatu, on their first international mission. The rest came from Brisbane — an international group of Bible College students from Holland, England, Korea, and Grant Shaw who grew up in China plus Jesse Padayachee, an Indian healing evangelist originally from South Africa, now in Brisbane, who joined the team for the last week. Jerry Waqainabete and his wife Pam nee Kenilorea , participated in Honiara.
Rev Gideon Tuke, a United Church minister, organized the visit. In the Solomon Islands the revival team of 15 from Vanuatu and 6 from Brisbane visited villages in the Guadalcanal Mountains, three hours drive and seven hours trekking from Honiara, and held revival meetings in November especially to encourage revival leaders.
They walked up mountain tracks to where revival is spreading, especially among youth. Now those young people have teams going to the villages to sing, testify, and pray for people. Many gifts of the Spirit are new to them. The team prayed for the sick and for anointing and filling with the Spirit. They prayed both in the meetings and in the villages. Revival in the Guadalcanal Mountains started at the Bubunuhu Christian Community High School on July 10, , on their first night back from holidays. They took teams of students to the villages to sing, testify, and pray for people, especially youth.
Many gifts of the Spirit were new to them — prophecies, revelations e. Joab reported on this revival.
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We held our prayer in the evening. The Spirit of the Lord came upon all of us like a mighty wind on us. Students fell on the ground. I prayed over them and we were all praying for each other. The students had many gifts and saw visions. The students who received spiritual gifts found that the Lord showed them the hidden magic. So we prayed about them and also destroyed them with the power of God the Holy Spirit. The students who joined in that night were speaking and crying in the presence of God and repenting.
We also heard God calling us to bring revival to the nearby local churches. The Lord rescues and released many people in this time of revival. This was the first time the Lord moved mightily in us. Some of the people who are all students have gifts of praying and intercession, worship, healing, preaching, and teaching. Around youth gathered from across the nation, many arriving by outboard motor canoes. The group coming from Simbo Island in two canoes ran into trouble when their outboard motors failed.
Two of their young men swam from noon for nine hours in rough seas to reach land and get help for their stranded friends. The Friday night convention meeting saw a huge response as Grant challenged them to be fully committed to God. Most of the youth came out immediately so there were hundreds to pray for. We were invited to speak for their huge night rally. Geoff began and God moved on the young people in a special way. Then he handed it over to me at about half way and I gave some words of knowledge for healing.
After that I continued to speak for a bit and then gave an altar call for any youth who choose to give their lives fully to Jesus, no turning back! Most of a thousand youth came forward, some ran to the altar, some crying! There was an amazing outpouring of the Spirit and because there were so many people Geoff and I split up and started laying hands on as many people as we could.
People were falling under the power everywhere some testified later to having visions. There were bodies all over the field some people landing on top of each other.
Then I did a general healing prayer and asked them to put their hand on the place where they had pain. After we prayed people began to come forward sharing testimonies of how the pain had left their bodies and they were completely healed! The meeting stretched on late into the night with more healing and many more people getting deep touches. It was one of the most amazing nights.
I was deeply touched and feel like I have left a part of my self in Choiseul. God did an amazing thing that night with the young people and I really believe that he is raising some of them up to be mighty leaders in Revival. A young man healed that night returned to his nearby village and prayed for his sick mother and brother. Both were healed immediately. He told about that the next morning at the convention, adding that he had never done that before.
The delegation from Karika, in the Shortland Islands further west, returned the following Monday. The next night they led a meeting where the Spirit of God moved in revival. Many were filled with the Spirit, had visions, were healed, and discovered many spiritual gifts including discerning spirits and tongues. That revival has continued, and spread. Many revival movements continue to spread in the Solomon Islands. Visiting teams have participated and encouraged leaders.
Honiara, the capital has seen many touches of revival. A week of evening revival meetings in Wesley United Church in the capital Honiara spontaneously erupted in September That was the first time they had had such a week of revival meetings, including joining with youth of other churches. Calvin Ziru, their youth leader had been worship leader in the law student team hosted in Brisbane in He was then legal advisor to the parliament in the Solomons, ideally placed to lead combined churches youth revival meetings and also the parliamentary Christian fellowship.
Seghe lies at the south east point of New Georgia in stunning scenery. Revival meetings have been held at the Theological Seminary at Seghe in the fantastic Marovo Lagoon — 70 kilometres with hundreds of tropical bush laden islands north and west of New Georgia Island. Morning teaching sessions, personal prayers in the afternoons and some rest and night revival meetings, with worship led by the student team, filled an eventful week in September That was the first time the seminary held such a week.
Meetings included two village revival services in the lagoon, including Patutiva village, where revival started in Easter That meeting went from 7 p. A tsunami ravaged Gizo and Simbo islands in April Tapurae village has hosted many revival meetings. It was wiped out by the tsunami, so the villagers relocated to higher ground. Strong moves of the Spirit continue on Simbo.
The village relocated from Tapurae has a revival prayer team of 30, and no one from that village needed medical help from the clinic in three years since they started praying constantly for the sick, laying on hands and casting out spirits. Its unique airstrip fills a small island near the town, with its pressed coral runway covering the whole length of the island. Visitors take a canoe or launch across to town.
The central United Church hosted revival meetings in October The Premier of the region asked penetrating questions and joined those who came out for prayer. He testified that he was immediately healed from stress related head pain and tension. The regional centre for Choiseul province in the west Solomons hosted an amazing week of unprecedented unity among all the churches, the United Church, SDAs, Catholics and Anglicans. The meetings included 30 leaders from Karika in the Shortland Islands region, further west.
The premier and regional officials attended a meeting at the regional parliament house, which included praying with people afterwards. So did the director for medical services and his staff at a meeting at the hospital. Others gathered at the Catholic Church for a meeting and personal prayer there. Each night combined churches revival meetings were held on the soccer field, with huge responses for prayer nightly. Pastor Mathias from Vanuatu shared in speaking and led worship in the prayer groups. The Lord opened the way for strong ministry with revival and national leaders in all these places.
Revival, reconciliation and transformation accelerate now. God is doing far more than most people are asking or even thinking about in these islands Eph In all these places people made strong commitments to the Lord, and healings were quick and deep. An unusual pattern of discipleship has emerged in whole villages in the South Pacific during the 12st Century. Applying the principles of 2 Chronicles , complete village communities have experienced not only revival but ecological and social transformation.
Mentors and leaders from among their own people have led them into radical repentance, reconciliation, and communal commitment to Jesus as Lord in all of life. Reports by Harry Tura from Vanuatu are added here. The twenty-first century has already seen many village communities transformed. Rev Ratu Vunaiani Nakauyaca describes community transformation in Fiji. The village had a lot of social problems as well as enmity and divisions. As a result of the dream, he called his people together to pray and fast to seek God for answers and healing.
Over a period of two weeks, many of the clans spent time with the Chief to sort out their differences. The long term results of this action were only revealed with the passing of time. Productivity of the soil increased and long absent fish varieties returned to the reef.
Mangroves that had died and disappeared have begun to grow again. The mangroves are very important for the ecology, providing shelter and breeding grounds for all kinds of fish, crabs, etc. For him it was a personal journey that resulted from an accumulation of various events. These were all based on a bottom up or grass roots approach to bring healing and reconciliation.
Vuniani had visited Argentina and seen the beneficial results of reconciliation with the British over the Faulklands war. This was a singularly dramatic community change. He saw the need to appropriately respond to the circumstances and use the spiritual tools available to see the nation transformed. After returning to Fiji, he called some people together to seek God for solutions. They felt they should begin at Nuku, and this took place April, Nuku is about 65 kilometres north of Suva, on the main island of Viti Levu.
The water of the stream that flowed through the village had been polluted since a day 42 years previously, the water and banks being filled with slime. At that time, children were swimming in the stream when the water suddenly turned white and they all ran for their lives. Fish died and grass died. Vuniani, as a child, was swimming in the river when this happened, so he knew the background story. Vuniani and the team went up to Nuku to activate the Process. They had two weeks of prayer meetings, the Methodist, Assemblies of God and Seventh Day Adventist churches being represented. These included killing and cannibalism, idolatry, witchcraft, bloodshed, immorality.
They went to the high places in the area to cleanse them of the sinful acts that had taken place there. The chief of the area led a corporate prayer of repentance with the whole tribe. On the third day of the Process, some women came running and shouting into the village, announcing that the water in the stream had become pure again. It is still pure today. Deputations were sent out to these to apologise for the past offences. A matanigasau traditional apology was sent to two villages, inviting the people to return if they wished.
The productivity of the land has increased. The stream water is pure and since that time shrimps and fish have returned to the waters. The fertility of the banks and agriculture has radically improved. Some people have even reported that the water has demonstrated healing properties. There was a split in the tribe and there were a lot of unresolved issues. During a business meeting in the local church, which was situated right in the middle of the village, a fist fight broke out.
This affected people negatively and there were not a lot of jobs available. On the advice of chiefs, the people came together on their own initiative for a time of corporate repentance. A lay preacher in the Methodist Church facilitated the Process. There was instantly a change in the atmosphere. The heaviness that had been there had lifted and everyone could feel it. The division in the church was healed. It only takes one man to lead many into forgiveness and healing. Satan has to leave, along with the oppression and curses.
The HTL Process in this place was scheduled over a 14 day period. During the Process the mixture of elements was poured out onto the sand on the beach. Later that day, an elderly lady and her son went fishing on the beach. They cast the net out but when they tried to haul it back in, it seemed to be stuck. They thought that perhaps it had been caught on a stump or rock, but they found that the net was actually so full of fish that they could not pull it in.
Wherever his footprints were in the sand a red liquid appeared. As she walked in his footsteps she was healed of migraine, knee ailments and severe back pain, all of which she had suffered for many years. As soon as they returned to the village she told the whole community what had happened. All the people rushed down to the beach to see this phenomenon, including the HTL team that was still there at the time. To their amazement, right on the spot where the elements had been poured onto the sand, there was blood coming out of the sand and flowing into the sea.
A backslidden Catholic man gave his life to the Lord on the spot. Photos were taken. Vuniani was called from Suva about an hour away and he also witnessed the blood coming out of the sand. This actually happened twice. It was understood to be a confirming sign from the Lord that He was at work in the reconciliation and healing Process. At Vunibau many other signs quickly followed. Large fish returned to their fishing grounds. He wondered what would come next after the sign of the blood and felt that the next sign would be fire.
In Nataliera village there were four churches. Traditional witchcraft was still being practised and there were about eight sorcerers there. In addition, there had been many more deaths than would be normal. After forgiveness and reconciliation, the members of these four churches would meet every Wednesday for prayer and fasting. On the first Sunday of every month, the four congregations would combine for one large gathering.
For many years the fishing on the reef had become lean. Much of the coral reef was dead and what was left seemed to be dying. After reconciliation, on two separate occasions fire was seen to fall from the sky onto the reef. After this, large fish returned in abundance. The coral is now regenerating and new growth can be seen in abundance. When women from neighbouring villages heard of this, they tried praying for the same provision, but without the same result.
While they were there, pillars of smoke descended on the villages. This was seen by many neighbouring villagers who described it as thick bloodstained smoke. This sign was seen at almost exactly the same time as fire was seen to fall on the reef at Nataliera. In this area there were many marijuana plantations. The Nadroga council had been trying to prevent the plantings. During the HTL Process, a deputation of marijuana growers approached the team and asked what the Government would do for them if they destroyed their crops.
They had a list of demands which they presented to the team. There were 9 growers involved. If they could not, then they should not participate in the Healing Process. By the time the Process had finished, the people had destroyed the crop as part of the reconciliation Process. After the HTL ministry, a total of 13, plants were uprooted and burnt by the growers themselves. There were 6, seedlings as well. These are a few of the many miraculous events that have occurred in Fiji since It was a very exciting week in August where we saw the Lord move mightily in the lives of the village elders, chiefs, church leaders and the people.
We witnessed repentance, forgiveness and reconciliations between family and clan members, and between individuals. The Lord went ahead and prepared the hearts of people in every home as we visited. They were ready to confess their sins and ask for forgiveness from each other and reconcile. In some homes, members of families gave their hearts to the Lord. Visitation of homes took two days. On the third morning, after the dedication of the elements of salt, oil and water, the village elders and chiefs publicly repented as they identified with sins of their forebears; and each of them publicly gave their clans to the Lord.
Three dinghies and a big canoe with people all went in different directions up several rivers and along the nearby coast to anoint specific places for cleansing that were defiled through deaths and killings in the past. That night there was a time of public confession and renouncement of things that were a hindrance in the lives of the people around a huge bonfire. It was a solemn night; the presence of the Lord was so powerful that people were coming forward and burning their witchcraft and charms publicly.
No one could hold back, even the deacons and church elders, village elders, women and young people were all coming forward. Young people started confessing their sins and renouncing and burning drugs, cigarettes and things that were hindering their lives from following Christ. A young man, who had murdered another young man about 11 years ago, came forward and publicly confessed his sin and asked for forgiveness from the family of the murdered man. That was a big thing; there was a pause and we waited and prayed for someone from the other side to respond. Only the Lord could do this.
The younger brother of the man who was killed came out finally, and offered forgiveness. We could hear crying among the people; it was a moving moment where God just took control. Mothers, brothers and members of both extended families became reconciled in front of the whole village. We could sense the release upon both families and village. It was an awesome time; the meeting went on into the early hours of the next morning. At the end of all this at about 2am the pastor stood up and said the prayer to invite Jesus into the community. The village is not the same; you can sense the release and freedom of Christ in the lives of the people.
Recently, a young man surrendered two guns to the pastor. News of what God has done and is still doing has spread to neighbouring villages. God birthed a new thing in our area and I believe that many more villages will see the transforming power of God because they are hungry and desperate to see change in their communities. Walo did three nights of HTL follow up in Karawa village and reported that the meetings in the village were packed.
He spoke on the bow and arrow concept — reliable bows enable reliable arrows to hit the mark reliable parents are like the bows. The people were asked to bring their bows and arrows. They brought their bows but interestingly no one had any arrows. That was really a challenge and eye opener to everyone. The HTL prayer team have taken on board the bow and arrow concept and they are going to do house to house visitation to explain this concept. Three widowers and several widows were rededicated to the Lord. They were anointed with oil and prayed that untimely death will not occur in the village any more.
Walo reported that there were a lot of testimonies arising 7 months after the HTL Process. Two water wells which had a salty taste were anointed with oil and now have good fresh water in them. One of the rivers that was anointed and prayed for now has fresh water instead of salty water half way up the river. Alukuni, one of the villages which experienced their pigs being stolen by the Karawa young people over the years testified that since HTL in Karawa none of their pigs had been stolen so far.
Righteousness is rising up in the village. The king tides in January to March usually caused floods in the middle of Karawa village dividing the village in two. Praise the Lord! A barren woman conceived after one of the visitation teams dealt with the generational curses holding her in bondage for sixteen years.
There is abundance of fruit and garden food and two harvests of fruit on the orange trees have been observed so far. A hunger for prayer has risen among the young people. Straight after HTL Process young people from one of the clans started a prayer group which is still going on. Two other clans started prayer groups after a lot of struggle to get going over the years. The studies were on Joseph and when they came to the section on forgiveness the Lord moved in a powerful way and revival started among the children.
They stood and asked for forgiveness from their parents. There was crying and reconciliation between children and parents. The Lord is arresting the hearts of the young, the old and the children and there is no holding back. Karawa is still experiencing the blessings of God with abundance of crabs, fish and garden produce.
The economic life of the village is growing stronger. There have also been some challenges. He went missing for three days on his fishing trip. All the Karawa people prayed during this time and search parties went out to look for him. On the third day they found his body and thanked God, as in the past people missing on fishing trips were never found. The testimony from this is the Lord kept all the Karawa young men calm although the urge to take the law into their own hands was there.
They testified that if it had not been for the transforming work of the Lord in their lives since the HTL Process, they would have caused trouble in the nearby village. One of the things prayed for was good education for their children, especially the smaller ones who do elementary schooling and did not have proper classrooms.
Nine months after the HTL Process, Karawa which was the second last on the list of applications for school funding, was brought up to second priority and their application was approved. The classrooms have now been built and the children are using them. Only the Lord could have done this. Makirupu is about 2 hours drive east of Port Moresby, with a population of about The United Church was the established church there and CRC and AOG have also planted churches there in recent years which caused a lot of offences between families.
In March , we had eight days for the HTL Process, two teaching sessions in the mornings and one at night. The HTL team of seven and the prayer team all fasted and prayed for those eight days. The teaching was done in the language people understood very well. Miracles of healing started from day one; people who were deaf began to hear, their ears were healed.
This involved the last pastor and a young girl in the church behind the pulpit areas in the church building. That pastor was suspended from ministry. There was a court case between the family of the young girl, who defended her saying she was innocent and the deacons of the church. There was actual physical fighting as well.
This case involved the whole village; almost all the young people left the church. Because of this, the life and attendance of the services were affected. The life of the church was slowly dying away. This issue was never resolved properly; it was like a dark shadow hanging over the whole village. Our first focus of prayer would be the cleansing of the mission land. The prayer team killed it on the spot. The next morning I spoke on Roots and Foundations and how curses come into communities and defile the land and people. That night we had a time of identification repentance and the current pastor came forward and repented on behalf of the three former pastors of adultery and fornication.
Something happened in the heavenlies. More people came out and confessed. The presence of the Lord was very heavy in the church. The people were amazed at what God was doing. Only He could do that. A Sunday School representative came forward and repented and asked for forgiveness. A former deacon could not hold back. Because of this incident 18 months ago, all the young people had left the church but when the air was cleared, the next day all the young people came and the church building was full to capacity.
The fear of the Lord entered the hearts of the people. That same night the anointing elements were mixed and the mission land was anointed, cleansed and rededicated to God. It was an awesome time. The AOG pastor also asked for forgiveness from the United Church for leaving the church and causing division.
He and his wife and all his church members were part of the prayer warrior team right from day one of the Process. A couple of days later the CRC members started joining us and by the end of the Process all three churches were united to see change in the community. The prayer warrior team grew from 7 to Praise God! They were hungry to hear the Word of the Lord. The next few days people were seeing signs and wonders, something they had never experienced before. Revival had started and the fear of God came upon the people.
Also on the third day the village chief invited Jesus into the community. Anointing oil was mixed and all the chiefs and village elders were anointed and reinstated. They anointed these places while deacons took oil to the boundaries of the village and the beach and dedicated the land back to God. After lunch everyone came back to the village and started a bonfire. Church deacons and leaders were the first ones to come forward with confessions of adultery, immorality and witchcraft.
Families with land disputes came out and reconciled with people they had taken to court. Young people came out with charms and magic and burnt them in the fire. A mother came out with her ten year old daughter and confessed she had handed down her sorcery and magic to her and said she was sorry, asking for forgiveness from God. Both were prayed for. Husbands and wives reconciled, artefacts of magic and idolatry were burnt. God was doing His cleaning up in the lives of the people.
The land and the people are being healed. She went back to the village and told everyone. The fear that had gripped the hearts of the people had also been broken in prayer and now women are going to their gardens on their own — something they could not do before.
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A few days after the HTL Process, men began to go fishing and to their surprise they were catching more and bigger fish than before. To their surprise, she was healed instantly. She began to speak and eat on her own. The presence of the Lord was so great they all started worshipping Him and time was not an issue any more. Praise God for this miracle! During the Process, the pastors of the AOG, the United Church and an Elder of the CRC church, standing on behalf of the pastor, all repented of all the offences and misunderstandings between them in the past.
So now the three churches have decided to have a combined service once a month in the middle of the village. The young people from all three churches are already having combined prayer meetings and they are in the process of building a big shelter in the middle of the village for the combined church services.
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A couple of months after the HTL Process a security firm from the city turned up in the village and recruited all the young men who had been stealing and causing problems. These young men had been stealing pigs and other things and then reselling them in the city. One of them could not fit into city life so he went back to the village. He stole a pig and when his family found out they chased him out of the village. He went to stay with relatives in another village and in the process found the Lord there!
The villagers reported there has not been any stealing since the men were employed. There has also been increase in their garden produce, fruit and nut trees. The people are able to see their own produce come to maturity and sell it, whereas in the past it would have been stolen. Makirupu and one of the nearby villages are known for getting floods during heavy rains.
One month before we got there, it had been raining heavily but the Lord has kept the floods away. However, the other village got the floods and we got to see some of the houses still surrounded by flood waters when we were there. It surely is amazing! Kalo is the village where about years ago in , four Cook Island missionaries and their families were killed. The killings were led by the chief of one of the clans. Walo had three meetings with the clan leaders and the history was told and confirmed. Since the killings this particular clan has been under a curse and the whole village is also affected by it.
The leaders and the people of this clan know that they are under a curse and they are desperate to be freed from it. The outcome of the talks is that the leaders of this clan called all their families together, from far and near to come and start the repentance and reconciliation Process. This was supported by the pastor and all the Church and clan leaders of Kalo. It was a moving occasion and the leaders agreed to proceed with the HTL Process and a bigger reconciliation event with the relatives of the Cook Island missionaries present in the near future.
Every year at their Church anniversary the Kalo people used put on the play of the landing of the Cook Island missionaries and their killings but straight after putting on this play, someone always dies. After talks with Walo, they have decided to do the play again but this time including a time of repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation after the play. Please pray that God will visit the Kalo people at this time!
The island was named Espiritu Santo because that is the island where over years ago in May Ferdinand de Quiros named the lands from there to the South Pole the Great Southland of the Holy Spirit. I wish to indicate to you what God is doing now in Vanuatu these days as answers to your prayers, and ask that you continue to pray for us. I went to Litzlitz village community on the island of Malekula on Sunday 4 June, , and the Transformation activities started on the same day.
The study activities and the process of healing the land closed on the following Sunday 11 June. The presence of the Lord was so real and manifested and many miracles were seen such a people healed, dried brooks turned to running streams of water, fish and other sea creatures came back to the sea shores in great number and even the garden crops came alive again and produced great harvests. After the celebration I held a one-week Transformation studies and activities of healing the land at Vilakalak village community. It began on Sunday June 25 and closed on Saturday July 1, The Shekinah glory came down to the very spot where we did the process of healing the land during the night of July 1.
That great light Shekinah glory came down. On the following day people started to testify that a lot of fish and shell fish were beginning to occupy the reefs and they felt a different touch of a changed atmosphere in the village community. I flew back to Santo after the healing of the lands on Tuesday July 4.
The people were very surprised at the look of the big sizes of coconut crabs harvested in that area. I went there a month later to see it. That proved that the God we serve is so real and He is the owner of all the creatures. We started the Transformation studies and activities at my church beginning on Monday July 17 and closed on Sunday July 23, After the Transformation studies and activities had completed, we did the final process of healing the land on Sunday July