November 1, 2019

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November 1, 2019


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November is dominated with the holiday, Thanksgiving. This is normally a time when a nation joins its founding fathers in grateful appreciation for God's protection and provision. It is a time when families get together and share a meal and enjoy the camaraderie of each other and perhaps share with guests the bountifulness of a land kept free because of the vision of others and the merciful hand of the Almighty.

This Thanksgiving is dampened, however, by the ingrates of the false media seeking to rewrite history and discredit the early settlers, who came to this country with dreams of liberty and religious freedom. (One of the great tenets of communism is to remove the foundational values of a populous and reduce history to a rubric of man's valueless systems.)

Somehow, the ranks of the obstructionists seem to propagate more rapidly than in the past, as they feed on the tainted soil of stupidity. One hardly thinks that the kneeling NFL players are using those knees for prayerful thanksgiving. One hardly can imagine the spoutings of Democrat hopefuls, seeking to erode the moral standards of several hundred years, by affirming abortion, limitless immigration, gender lessness and socialist-communist ideologies as coming before the Lord in prayerful thanksgiving for a nation such as ours.

Somehow, the blank stare of illegals from fifty-two countries at the mention of Thanksgiving is sufficient to acknowledge their nonparticipation. The holiday means nothing to them and its origin is unknown to their ranks. The Norman Rockwell picture of father, mother and siblings around the turkey-graced table with heads bowed and hands folded in prayer is incomprehensible to them and to Islamics whose god is not the God of the Bible.

A congress whose leaders compromise by swearing their allegiance to this nation on a Koran, while removing "so help me God" from the formula of truth, stand haughtily before the judge of the earth in defiance rather than humble contrition.

Shouting, moblike angry crowds denouncing the monuments of great men and women of the past, pulling down statues, painting over murals and defacing graves do not possess the capability to observe Thanksgiving. Their reprobate minds are given over to darkness!

Those who declare their resistance to Capitalism are oblivious to its root in Protestantism. So, a generation has risen with no comprehension of the values possessed by the early settlers of this country. They cannot appreciate the frontier folk who suffered and gave their lives to guarantee their children would not be tyrannized by some King or Prelate. No, they cannot relate to my family as we celebrate Thanksgiving and appreciate our ancestors of faith.

The heritage flowing down through our veins is deep and abiding. From my mother's side came the Beckwith-Floyd's who came to Jamestown in 1608. They raised a fortress wall, and before they built their homes, they built a church. Some of them are buried there.

No, the sick society of sycophants cannot imagine my father's family of Culpepers who left England with a land grant from King Charles II, giving them 5 million acres in the region known as Virginia, West Virginia and East Kentucky. (I doubt seriously, if King Charles II thought he was encroaching on Mr. Tucker's property as the NY Times would declare.)

No, those who enter this season with no knowledge of the spiritual underlying aspects of this great nation cannot celebrate this holiday. The connection between the founding of this nation and the sons of Joseph is fundamental. The plan of God to create a nation like no other in history is paramount.

Religious freedom and the worship of Jesus Christ permeated the settlers' camps. The early settlers found themselves confronted with a continual flow of spiritual awakenings (preachers standing for truth and calling for moral integrity). America must again have such a move. Revival is not enough; evangelistic crusades are not enough. Something deeper than man's efforts must come down from heaven - a God-consciousness must come to the forefront. Irresistible and confrontational, it must pervade the society to the degree that the only response is tears of repentance and a turning away from one's "darling sins and Ashtoreth." It must be so pervasive that everyone is touched by a sense of holiness and the awesomeness of God - then Thanksgiving can be celebrated as it should be.

The Old Testament is rife with many examples of remorse followed by resolve. A brief study of the following passages will reveal something of the nature of Biblical awakenings.

2 Kings ll-12 - Jehoash
2 Kings 18-19 - Hezekiah
2 Chronicles 15ff - Asa
2 Kings 22-23 - Josiah
Ezra 8-9 - Ezra
Nehemiah 8-9,13 - Nehemiah

From this list, I have chosen Ezra as this month's study, for there are elements of all the others in the Ezra awakening.

History concurs that after the Babylon captivity, God gave favor for the people of the Lord to return to Jerusalem. The King granted documents of passage and assistance for Ezra and others with him.

Focus then on Ezra and note his attitude in the following passages.

Ezra 7:8-10:
(Traveling from March to August) Ezra came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king. 9 On the first day of the first month he began his journey from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him. 10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.

In every awakening, there is someone who prepares their heart and desires that others do the same. The element of heart preparation is crucial to any move of God.

A mid-century example is found in the Awakening which took place on the Ile of Lewis in 1949.

When Christine and Peggy (elderly Presbyterians in the 1950's) began praying for a sovereign move of God over their town of Barvis, on the Ile of Lewis, in Scotland, they sanctified themselves and pledged to pray every evening from 9pm to 3am. Soon, a group of men, led by her pastor, began a prayer meeting at the same times in a Barn. Several months went by while the purging of all spiritual dross was taking place. Finally, one young man stood and cried out to God saying, "My heart is pure, my hands are clean, it is time for you Lord to keep your promise and answer our prayers." When they opened the barn doors, approximately 300 souls were prostrate in the adjacent field, under conviction of their sins. No preacher had preached, no music had been sung, no appeal had been given---just the power of the Holy Ghost brought conviction and conversion.

This kind of awakening must come to North America!

Ezra humbled himself and prayed, which is the necessary ingredient for a move of God.

Ezra 8:21-23:
21 Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions. 22 For I was ashamed to request of the king an escort of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy on the road, because we had spoken to the king, saying, "The hand of our God is upon all those for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him." 23 So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer. NKJV

Hardly had Ezra stationed himself in Jerusalem than the sins of the people began to surface. One of the transgressions was the intermingling of blood lines through intermarriage with the locals. Upon hearing this litany, Ezra's response was immediate.

Ezra 9:3-4:
3 So when I heard this thing, I tore my garment and my robe, and plucked out some of the hair of my head and beard, and sat down astonished. 4 Then everyone who trembled at the words of the God of Israel assembled to me, because of the transgression of those who had been carried away captive, and I sat astonished until the evening sacrifice.

Notice, those who trembled assembled. Let me go on record, when this is the demeanor of the congregation-when it is comprised of the trembling assemblers---something will happen.

(I recently received an email from someone in Calgary, Canada, that caused me to sit in astonishment. They related how they had prayer walked the city, met with others of like mind and continually pray for an out pouring of the Spirit. I had been praying about our upcoming meeting in Calgary. The email, clearly out of the blue, spoke to my heart--there must be an awakening in that city.)

When God brings together a body of folk who are "trembling assemblers," spiritual matters are at the forefront. Observe Ezra's reaction: he prayed and confessed the sins of his people. Garner the unfolding nature of his confession.

Ezra 9:5-15:
5 At the evening sacrifice I arose from my fasting; and having torn my garment and my robe, I fell on my knees and spread out my hands to the Lord my God. 6 And I said: "O my God, I am too ashamed and humiliated to lift up my face to You, my God; for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has grown up to the heavens. 7 Since the days of our fathers to this day we have been very guilty, and for our iniquities we, our kings, and our priests have been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, to plunder, and to humiliation, as it is this day. 8 And now for a little while grace has been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage. 9 For we were slaves. Yet our God did not forsake us in our bondage; but He extended mercy to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to revive us, to repair the house of our God, to rebuild its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem. 10 And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? For we have forsaken Your commandments, 11 which You commanded by Your servants the prophets, saying, 'The land which you are entering to possess is an unclean land, with the uncleanness of the peoples of the lands, with their abominations which have filled it from one end to another with their impurity. 12 Now therefore, do not give your daughters as wives for their sons, nor take their daughters to your sons; and never seek their peace or prosperity, that you may be strong and eat the good of the land, and leave it as an inheritance to your children forever.' 13 And after all that has come upon us for our evil deeds and for our great guilt, since You our God have punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and have given us such deliverance as this, 14 should we again break Your commandments, and join in marriage with the people committing these abominations? Would You not be angry with us until You had consumed us, so that there would be no remnant or survivor? 15 O Lord God of Israel, You are righteous, for we are left as a remnant, as it is this day. Here we are before You, in our guilt, though no one can stand before You because of this!"

Ezra's prayer does not skirt sin and its consequences. He clearly states the sins and acknowledges them as the cause of captivity of the nation, their kings and their priests. The persons hearing this prayer are alongside him in affirmation of his words and show contrition in their hearts. Not one of them stood to deny or ameliorate the circumstances. Ezra (shown by the dark underlining) offers no excuses, but details their iniquity and the shame it has caused. No pretense here! Equally, he acknowledges the graciousness of God (shown in the red letters)


Is there a need for the likes of Ezra for our nation? What would be the sins poured out in contrition for us? Dare we have Thanksgiving without red lettering our own claim to His mercy and grace? Our national shame is too great a portent not to consider. Should we not say what Ezra said,

Ezra 9:15:
Here we are before You, in our guilt, though no one can stand before You because of this!"

Then it happened!

While he was confessing (in coordination with the assembled tremblers), a massive repentance took place. When people get serious with God, sin-consciousness causes conviction and drastic actions are the result.

Ezra 10:1-4:
Now while Ezra was praying, and while he was confessing, weeping, and bowing down before the house of God, a very large assembly of men, women, and children gathered to him from Israel; for the people wept very bitterly. 2 And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, spoke up and said to Ezra, "We have trespassed against our God, and have taken pagan wives from the peoples of the land; yet now there is hope in Israel in spite of this. 3 Now therefore, let us make a covenant with our God to put away all these wives and those who have been born to them, according to the advice of my master and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law. 4 Arise, for this matter is your responsibility. We also are with you. Be of good courage, and do it."

No one was exempt from this mandate, but oh, in every household there was weeping, as families were broken up and children were separated from their fathers and wives were separated from their husbands.

Jehiel, in verse four, laid heavy emphasis on individual responsibility, something lacking in modern society. It would seem everyone today wants to blame someone or something else for their plight. But when true repentance takes place, being right with God is the cardinal consideration..

Ezra did two things in response to Jehiel's appeal. He committed to writing an oath of allegiance and after it was signed, he secluded himself and mourned for the people. Preachers today would do well to confess the sins of the people, lead them in correction and forgiveness and retire to a place of intimate prayer for their parishioners.

Naturally there are those who oppose this move of God. They did not prevail, as you will see, in the passage below.

Ezra 10:9-17
9 So all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered at Jerusalem within three days. It was the ninth month, on the twentieth of the month; and all the people sat in the open square of the house of God, trembling because of this matter and because of heavy rain. 10 Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, "You have transgressed and have taken pagan wives, adding to the guilt of Israel. 11 Now therefore, make confession to the Lord God of your fathers, and do His will; separate yourselves from the peoples of the land, and from the pagan wives."

12 Then all the assembly answered and said with a loud voice, "Yes! As you have said, so we must do. 13 But there are many people; it is the season for heavy rain, and we are not able to stand outside. Nor is this the work of one or two days, for there are many of us who have transgressed in this matter. 14 Please, let the leaders of our entire assembly stand; and let all those in our cities who have taken pagan wives come at appointed times, together with the elders and judges of their cities, until the fierce wrath of our God is turned away from us in this matter." 15 Only Jonathan the son of Asahel and Jahaziah the son of Tikvah opposed this, and Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite gave them support.

16 Then the descendants of the captivity did so. And Ezra the priest, with certain heads of the fathers' households, were set apart by the fathers' households, each of them by name; and they sat down on the first day of the tenth month to examine the matter. 17 By the first day of the first month they finished questioning all the men who had taken pagan wives.

Any awakening has long standing effects. Whereas revival may cause a rejuvenation of zeal, an awakening creates a "God-Consciousness" that continues to affect society. Awakenings reach into all aspects of life, business and industry. In the Barvas awakening, taverns closed, houses of prostitution were shuttered and corruption was exposed and dealt with. Crime rates fell and there was a general return to the house of God.

In a small treatise on the Hebrides Revival this report came after citing Isaiah 64:1-3.

Quoting Rev. Duncan Campbell:

     I never read that third verse without my mind going back to what actually happened in the parish of Barvas on the island of Lewis. At the outset, let me make it clear that I did not bring revival to the Hebrides. I had the privilege of being there and in some small way leading the movement for about three years but God moved in the parish of Barvas before I set foot on the island. Revival is still a sign which is spoken against, and you cannot believe every story you have heard about the Lewis Awakening. (The following quote can be believed as it is from Rev. Campbell.)
Revival Defined:

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 decision for Jesus Christ, but the community remains untouched and the churches continue much the same as before the outreach. In revival (Awakening), 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 ( Awakening). Of the hundreds who found Jesus Christ during this time fully seventy-five per cent 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."
     Rev. Duncan Campbell

This is what must come down from heaven in every city, town or country hamlet in North America. It must come! And it can through the bold prayers of the trembling assembly.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Until Next month,

Dr. Cosby R. Oliver, PhD.


From: Ghiorghi Cazacu - Gospel Ministries International, Inc.:

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On October 1, 2019, Oliver Evangelistic Association received a phone call from Brother Cazacu of Romania telling about a new work in Moldova. He related they had found a building suitable for making a church for $20,000. They were willing to rework the building if they had it in their possession.

Praise the Lord,

We were able to supply that need using digital sales' account and general fund, with designated Moldova funds, for the entire amount. We were able to send the full funds on Thursday October 3, to Dorothy who oversees accounts in the US for Brother Cazacu. What joy that they will be able to occupy the building and meet their goal of being able to have their first full service by Christmas. The Lord supplied the monies and gave us the joy of seeing our vision accomplished in that nation.

For all who contributed funds --we thank you on behalf of those families.

Praise the Lord most high.

From Pastor Samuel Karunanithi and Anusuya; International Missionaries:

Our vision is to reach the nations, feed the poor, build churches, train and support native missionaries, and distribute the Bible in different languages. In 1982, we founded Living Word International Outreach Inc. and Living Word Church. We have two orphanages in India and support sixty-four native missionaries in India and France.

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