You would not think that they have anything in common. But they do. Everybody knows the story of Jonah and the whale. God gave to Jonah the greatest revival in the ancient world and God gave General MacArthur the greatest revival in the 20th century. Each man had difficulties getting to the place where the revivals took place. Jonah, of course, did not want to go to Nineveh, because he hated the Assyrians for what they did to Israel. General MacArthur had to fight his way to Japan, to get to the place where the revival would happen. It took Jonah about 6 months to get to Nineveh and it took General MacArthur 4 years to get to Japan. God had a plan for each man to fulfill. Jonah walked across Nineveh in about 3 days. As he preached the gospel, people began to repent and put on sackcloth and ashes. When the king of the Assyrians heard the gospel, he repented and commanded that everyone put on sackcloth and ashes from the highest to the lowest. General MacArthur became governor of Japan and saw a people demoralized because they lost their belief system. God showed him that Christianity was the only hope the Japanese people had. He called for missionaries to come to Japan. Over 2000 missionaries came to Japan. Revival broke out among the people. In four years, a great revival happened in Japan, and they accepted Jesus as Lord. God gave Jonah the largest revival in the Old Testament over a 100,000 people repented and turned to Jesus. God gave General MacArthur the largest revival in the 20th century where over 4 million people accepted Jesus as Lord. These 2 events changed the world. Just think what you can do if you listen and obeyed God.
Psalm 78 is a story about the people of God being unfaithful to God, Jesus. God provided everything in their lives. He destroyed the people that oppressed them. He delivered them out of bondage. God performed miracles to set them free. Then provided whatever they needed. But they rebelled against God because they did not have beer and hamburgers. God destroyed many of these people and those that rebelled lost the promise of God, which was the promised land. At one point, Moses had to talk God out of killing all of them. Yes, I am talking about the Israelites. Just because you have asked God to forgive you and believe, does not mean that you will make it all the way home, heaven (Matt.21:23). All the Israelites that murmured against God, did not receive the promise. Even after the Israelites settled in the promised land, they lost the land twice because of sin. Sin separates us from God. And only our repentance and God’s forgiveness will restore us back to God. Our walk back to heaven, God, is our choice. No one can make us go to God and stay. We must choose God. And no one can stop us from choosing God and walking home. We are responsible for ourselves. I beg you choose life and come home to God, Jesus.
Most people believe that they receive information about this world through their mind. You can see with your eyes, hear with your ears, speak with your mouth, but that is only part of the information you receive. We as a human being are made up of a body, soul and spirit. The body comes from the dust of the earth. The soul is the life that God gives to unite your spirit and body. The spirit is who you are and is eternal. When people talk about your heart, they really mean your spirit. God made us in His image and likeness. We have attributes that God has that we can access, such as love, joy, peace, longsuffering, goodness, gentleness, meekness and temperance. Our heart searches for these attributes all of our lives. Hoping that we can find them in the things of this world. That is why the heart is a lonely hunter for God. The only way to receive what God has is to receive it from God himself. There is no other way that the Heart can truly be satisfied. Straight is the gate and narrow is the way.
When Jesus died on the cross, the people of Jerusalem came out and laughed, jeered and mocked him. It seemed as if there was no one for him. His mother was at his feet, crying. The Apostle John came with Mary and several women. The Centurion that crucified Jesus began to believe in him. But the shame of it was that I was at that cross mocking and jeering the Son of God. Until I was 28 years old, I stood at that cross and cursed God. All that Jesus did to redeem me for hell and the grave and I cursed him. I kept hearing my name being called from a long way off. I would turn to see who was calling me. Finally when I was 28 years old, I understood who was calling. It was Jesus calling from the cross. Telling me that He loved me just the way I was and to come home. He is calling out. All you have to do is listen for your name and turn toward him. He loves us as we are and will accept us. Listen.
What do you think about when someone says the anti-christ? Do you see a devil with a pitchfork trying to poke someone? Or is it someone who has a different belief system than you? There has been some trashy movies and videos that I would call the anti-christ. Pornography definitely is the anti-christ. But what else is the spirit of anti-christ? Abortion is on the top of my list. You can name the 7 deadly sins in that list too. But what about lying? What about hate or anger? The word of God says that anyone who yields yourselves servants to obey, you become his servants. If you yield yourselves to sin, you become the servant of the devil or the anti-christ. That why it is so important that you read the word of God, so that no one can lead you astray from Jesus Christ. The spirit of anti-christ is lying and cheating or stealing. It is in the mundane things that we do in life. Do you help your neighbor or says that you just do not have time? My most favorite TV show, which I watch all the time, is the spirit of anti-christ. And it is a good TV show, no sex, no cursing and always upbeat. I gave up card games, because I was convicted of sin. You know cards were invented to tell fortunes and for astrology. Astrology was invented as a religion to control the people of Babel by Nimrod. Your perception of what is right and wrong, is based on the word of God. People have always tried to change to word of God to suit their purposes. But if you differ from the word of God, you separate yourself from God Himself. Perception is in all that you see and understand. And the word of God will tell you the truth, whether you like it or not.