Almighty God made an emphatic statement in Fresno tonight. This was not a good meeting. I have been to good meetings. This was an explosion. This was the vengeance of God crashing into Satan’s agenda. The church in California has been told a mountain of lies. So many of those lies were shattered tonight that I lost count. Here are just a few:
The lie that believers are afraid to turn out to a crusade was obliterated. Every seat in the tent vanished almost as soon as we opened the gates. The tent flaps went down and then 500 more people sat or stood outside the tent.
God obliterated the lie that people will only listen to an easy message. My sermon was entitled You did not know when God came to save you. I told them that preaching should tell people when they are wrong. I added that preaching can be a stern warning.
I referred to the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Over a hundred thousand people roared praise to Jesus saying, “Hosanna he that comes in the name of the Lord!” But Jesus was not elated with their praise. Instead, He began to weep. Doom had already been pronounced on the great city.
Jesus said in Luke 19: 41 Now when Jesus approached and saw the city, He wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had only known on this day, even you, the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and surround you and close in on you from every side. 44 They will demolish you—you and your children within your walls—and they will not leave within you one stone on top of another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”
I told them that 3 kinds of people were in the adoring crowd.
-There were those who followed Jesus and heeded His teachings.
-Then there were the religious leaders who despised Jesus and wanted Him dead.
-Finally, there were those who were oblivious to the whole matter.
Then I said all three of those kinds of people are in this tent and on these grounds.
Here me dear reader. Tonight, God warned California. He warned her about shutting down the church. He warned her about being the instrument of evil to America. He warned her that—without a statewide repentance—She too could be judged and removed.
Is California in the early stages of judgement with all the disasters and misery oozing out of their rebellion toward God?
Then I challenged the lost to consider that judgment was also an individual matter. “God does not want you to toss Him mediocre repentance but total repentance.” Conviction prevailed and many were cut to the heart. Nobody was fully prepared for what happened next.
They flowed to the front from everywhere. The souls did not hesitate. They tell me over 300 souls surrendered and were born again. Only God knows the true number.
We were supposed to take an offering. We did not. We were expecting to have a miracle service, but we did not. Why? Amos 9:13 explains it: “Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, And the treader of grapes him who sows seed…”
Amos speaks of a harvest so massive, it takes all winter, even into the next planting season to gather. When the plowman came to plow in the Spring, the reaper was still there. The harvest was so big tonight that we had to cancel everything else to gather it in. We had to tell the audience to be patient because the only thing we could do is minister to the new converts.
The crowd left knowing the shutdown of the church was over. Their hearts burned with hope and joy at the unfolding glory in their city. They are off to get others because Monday night is a miracle service. This explosion is the answer to decades of prayer. All glory be to Jesus!
We have done tent crusades where many are saved. We have done tent crusades where glorious healings take place. We have done tent meetings with great impact on the community. What is amazing about this one is that it is all of those things combined, and more.
The message tonight focused on these verses: 2 Timothy 3: 1 “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
My sermon exposes how demonic power is perverting people and creating all the pain and misery of these last days. I drive home the point that so much of the torment that people are facing is caused by satanic power. This simple and raw sermon has a deep impact on the audience. All of us are stunned by how deeply sinners are convicted by the Holy Spirit.
The message is not the typical soothing sales job that tickles ears. But that does not matter to these precious souls. They do not hesitate to repent.
I opened the altar for lost souls to come to Jesus. They start coming from everywhere to give themselves to the King of Kings. Those who look on rejoice with extraordinary joy. They know this is a sign that God is visiting their city.
The newly saved are led outside the tent. A special grace comes on our 200 volunteers who are out there praying and counseling each life that is being transformed. To my great delight, they are coming back in the tent to experience their first miracle service.
Now our cameras catch the moment a man on the front row hears a word of knowledge about the three life-threatening sicknesses in his body. He is feeling cancer, lung, and heart disease leave his body. The power of God is so great he collapses to his knees. He is sobbing out of sheer gratitude.
Another man in the back receives the word of the Spirit regarding his diabetes, heart disease, and spine disorder. He too falls to his knees beneath the weight of glory.
These two healings are all it takes to touch off a storm of miracles across the tent. Only God knows how many are being healed.
Why are all these things amazing? It is an overflow crowd on a Tuesday night. It is old-time preaching on sin and hell in a time when we always hear that this kind of preaching will not work. It is amazing because these confirmed signs and wonders are happening in a time of quarantines.
By the end of the evening I am looking out at an army—a great army, with a zeal to obey God that I have not seen. I feel caution about what I am about to ask them to do for I know they will do it. “Get your friends and loved ones and bring them tomorrow night. We will have time to rest after this week. For now, we must pull out all the stops and run with this revival. I know they will do it. I know this is a true move of God. I know that Fresno will continue to amaze.
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