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In the Gospel of Mark, it is written: As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet Him.[1] This incident was at the foot of the Mount of Transfiguration with the crowd of people who had been arguing with the nine disciples whom Jesus had left at the bottom of the Mountain, who couldn’t drive out the demon.

When the disciples could not drive out the demon, they began to argue with the teachers of the Law. That is what has been happening in the churches when we can no longer do the things that Jesus told us to do, which are to preach the Good News, drive out demons and heal the sick, so we started arguing with the world. When the miraculous disappears, we had to defend our morality, which is our way of life and our way of deciding what is good or evil. If the church could still heal all the sick, drive out all demons, multiply food, change water to good wine and had spent the last 2000 years practising this daily to develop its miraculous powers to the point of being able to change gunpowder to sawdust, plutonium to lead, calm storms with a word, and like Elisha, blind whole armies with a word, disarm them and then heal them, the church now would not be involved in a war of words arguing with the teachers of various laws, laws of physics, which is science, laws of religion, and laws of men about the validity of Jesus’ teachings, and defending morality.

When you listen to the articles written by various overseers of various churches in newspapers, they are always written in defence of faith and morality, setting forth their arguments just like the nine at the bottom of the mountain. Now, look at the reaction of the crowd when they saw Jesus, for they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet Him. That is what the world, which wants to get rid of the evil affecting mankind, is waiting for, someone to show them Jesus so that they will run to Him. They do not want another set of arguments about morality or holiness but a display of the miraculous. Jesus had just come down from the Mount of Transfiguration where His clothes had become dazzling white. Perhaps the crowd saw His face, just like Moses’ face used to shine whenever he came out from being in the presence of God.

What would the crowd have done had the disciples been able to drive out the demon? What effect would that have had on the teachers of Law? In your training now to graduate to becoming an overcomer, you and I must be able to overwhelm people with amazement, just as Jesus did when He caused a deaf and mute man to speak with two words, “Be opened!”[2] It was the continuous display of signs and wonders in healing and deliverance that drew large crowds to Jesus again and again. So, if we want to draw men and women so that we can teach them to listen to Jesus, we must have the ability to overwhelm them with signs and wonders. It is the grace of God that permits us a period of time to display the power in healing and deliverance to overwhelm the people with amazement that they may repent and listen to Jesus. However, we are now 2000 years since Mark 9:15 and we are in the season of the appearance of the antichrist, the man who will likewise amaze people with signs and wonders through the false prophet, so that he can declare himself as God in the holy Temple of God. Thus, for now, the resurrection of the power in the disciples of Christ has a twofold purpose, both of which will overwhelm the world.

The first is to resurrect the church to full power so that once more all who are sick are healed so that crowds are drawn to Jesus to create an opportunity for the false prophet to betray the Lord and use His power to breathe life into the image of the beast so that the antichrist will take the stage in preparation for Jesus’ arrival.

The second is to raise up witnesses of the calibre exceeding those of Revelation 11 so that from the elect, two are selected for the honour of fulfilling Revelation 11. The power displayed by the two witnesses is just as overwhelming, shutting the sky so that it does not rain while they are prophesying and striking the Earth with plagues as often as they wish.

Now, listen and understand; when Jesus was on Earth, He overwhelmed people with amazement, with signs and wonders and with His appearance, but He Himself was deeply distressed and troubled, so much so that He confessed to His disciples, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.”[3] Now we are to reverse the situation, to overwhelm the Father and the Lord with amazement with the signs and wonders that we do in His Name, doing even the greater things and to cause the world to be overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. The signs and wonders an overcomer does, are not for the benefit of the people but for the benefit of God alone. The conqueror does not conquer for the benefit of those he attacks, but for his own benefit and his kingdom’s benefit. This then is to be your attitude. For the healing of the sick, heal them not for their sake but for the sake of the Lord’s Name. Drive out demons, not for the sake of the demon oppressed but for God’s sake. Feed the hungry, not for their sake but for the sake of the Lord’s word because He said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father.”[4] The only difference between the false prophet and those who remain true to the Lord is for whose sake you will do the signs and wonders. The same people who ran to Jesus with amazement are the same people who later crucified Him. The overcomer is not raised up for the sake of the people, but for God’s sake. It will be this attitude that will permit the two witnesses to be raised up to display God’s power in overwhelming fury in these last days.

He poured out His love for us in overwhelming humility and kindness, and we repaid Him with total indifference, and worse than that, caused His soul to be overwhelmed with sorrow. Now, after 2000 years of waiting, do you think that God is going to pour out His overwhelming love again or overwhelming fury? Jesus warned us these will be days of distress unequalled since the beginning of the world with earthquakes, famines and plagues.[5] “There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from Heaven. …because those will be days of distress unequalled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be unequalled again.”[6]

If you look at what those two witnesses, the two prophets, are doing in Revelation 11, you realise those famines and pestilences are from them, that is, the shutting up of the sky and striking the Earth with plagues as often as they wished. The earthquakes are merely from the Earth vomiting out the people who have desecrated the land. Thus, the overcomer overwhelms with signs and wonders, all power and authority, overruns and overturns all strongholds and overtakes the march of all of his enemies as He overflows. However, if your attitude is to do this for the sake of the people, you will not be able to fulfil the task for the overwhelming power of the overcomer now is to display the fury of the Lord. Of course, if you do this for your sake, you are already a good candidate for the position of the false prophet, but if you do this for the sake of Jesus and His Father, then you will be witnesses of the overwhelming fury of the Lord. Proverbs says, Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming…[7] Nahum prophesied: The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him, but with an overwhelming flood, He will make an end of Nineveh.[8] And God is the same yesterday and today and tomorrow. When Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah, God spared them, but when they were excessively cruel to Israel, God destroyed them. The words of Nahum, “overwhelming flood”, gives the picture of what this final outpouring of power and grace will be like, overflowing and sweeping all before it like a tsunami. Although I have heard prosperity preachers describe the overflow of God’s abundance as a tsunami of blessings, these same preachers do not know the Lord God in His fullness. They do not know the Lord God who has waited patiently for centuries for His people to listen to Him and to obey Him, and what He does when they continue to be obstinate. Though your people, O Israel, be like the sand by the sea, only a remnant will return. Destruction has been decreed, overwhelming and righteous.[9]

The restoration of the command to “listen to Him [Jesus]!”[10] is like the restoration of the Law in the days of King Josiah. The restoration of the command will not turn aside the destruction and distress that has been decreed, but rather, it will leave those to whom it has been restored to with no excuse when destruction comes. Just as Josiah’s life and actions left his successors with no excuses for turning to foreign gods so that the destruction promised would come for Jerusalem, now this ministry, which has been raised up to restore the command, “Listen to Him!” clearly and succinctly will leave all who hear yet ignore the warning with no excuse when the destruction comes.

So, learn from our forefathers, if we are unable to do what Jesus said we are to do, do not argue but just repent. Once we are able to do what Jesus said we could do, then there is no need for argument. Where would be the illicit drug problem if the church could change heroin to sugar? Where could the child molesters shelter if the church had the power to drop them dead with a word? If Ananias and Sapphira were dropped dead for cheating on a little money, what would and should happen to those child molesters? Where would there be famines and genocides caused by wars made by despots if the church had the power to multiply food and change gunpowder to sawdust?

The truth is, we lost the power, we couldn’t drive out the demon, and instead of repenting, we argued. And without repenting, we asked the Lord, “Why couldn’t we drive out the demon? Why couldn’t we stop the drugs, the wars and the children being molested?” We did not have enough sense to see what was so obvious: “Because you have so little faith.”[11] It is because we have so little faith, faith not just as in belief, no, but faith in obeying and persevering, faith as in trust in God and obedience to God and to stick to His command to, “Listen to Him [Jesus]!” We placed more faith in ourselves and our own judgements and recommendations, and followed James the Younger instead of Jesus the Elder. So, make no mistake from now on, repentance must be and will be continuous until our obedience is complete, and our obedience is complete when the fury of the Lord is unleashed on this unbelieving world.

In all things that you now do for the Lord, practise to overwhelm whatever faces you, overrunning and destroying all before you. If it is illness, overwhelm it with health. If it is doubt, overwhelm it with knowledge. If it is lack, overwhelm it with obedience. Overwhelm everything, overwhelm evil with good, and overwhelm our failures with repentance until our overwhelming practice grants us such success that people will run with amazement at the sight of Jesus and His power at work in us. Though they will not see Jesus but only His power at work in us, they will hear about Jesus and see His words confirmed with signs and wonders so that they too may repent and live.

The time has come to stop all arguments. Silence! Repentance is what is needed, not more words. Either listen to Jesus or suffer the consequence. For the time left when repentance was preached with a plea to believe for the Kingdom of Heaven is near, is nearly over. Soon, the time will come when we can only say as God said, “For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declared the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!”[12] If the Father takes no pleasure in the death of anyone, how dare we presume that it pleases Him that Christians die and go to Heaven when His Son clearly said, “I am the Resurrection and the Life… And whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”[13] No, we who are in the Kingdom already will take the Father’s words to the people of Israel for them to repent and live! Continuous repentance is what causes the life of Jesus, that abundant life, to flow because we do believe in everything He has said, even when it is, “whoever lives and believes will never die.”[14]

Now, practice from here on, for those who have paid the price of discipleship, is to move on to becoming overcomers. To ensure that our growth in Christ gives us a stature that overshadows all else, that out of our hearts comes the overflow of His word with such conviction that it overruns all other words, overtakes all other plans, overturns all other works, overpowers all other powers and overwhelms everything in front of it like a flood. It is no longer a time for arguments. We have found the true foundation, Christ and His words alone, to build on with the only power we need, the power of the Holy Spirit. If the chief cornerstone is not perfect, then the rest of the foundation is not perfect and by and by the walls will fall down and crash. A 2000 year old structure that has ignored the Chief Cornerstone and built on dubious foundations is surely ready to fall down. Paul wrote: Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Chief Cornerstone.[15] If that is true, then “Listen to Jesus” is the way to transmit the strength of Jesus through the foundations into the whole building so that the cracked and broken walls can be repaired.

All who listen to Jesus from now on, with overwhelming desire, love and jealousy for Him, will fulfil these words of the Lord, “Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.”[16]

Overwhelm us O Lord, and we are overwhelmed. AMEN


 

[1] Mark 9:15

[2] Mark 7:34 (31-37)

[3] Mark 14:34

[4] John 14:12

[5] Mark 13; Luke 21; Matthew 24

[6] Luke 21:11; Mark 13:19

[7] Proverbs 27:4

[8] Nahum 1:7-8

[9] Isaiah 10:22

[10] Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35

[11] Matthew 17:20

[12] Ezekiel 18:32

[13] John 11:25-26

[14] John 11:25

[15] Ephesians 2:19-20

[16] Isaiah 58:12

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