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John S. Torell

May 25, 2003


In order for us to understand what a true revival is, we must begin by asking two questions?

1. Are you willing to be corrected? Proverbs 9:6-12
2. Are you hot or lukewarm?
Revelation 3:14-19

We are exhorted to be like minded with Christ - Philippians 2:1-5
Have you left your first love? Revelation 2:1-7
Do you really love Jesus?
John 14:15
King Solomon died a Satan worshiper -
1 Kings 11:1-9


King Rehoboam - Third generation of king David (40 years after king David)
This grandson of David had an evil heart to begin with. He reigned for 17 years. Arrogant and spoiled, he lost the trust of the ten northern tribes of Israel, and the kingdom of Israel was split, with Rehoboam ruling Judea with its capitol Jerusalem. It is noteworthy that the shields of gold in the temple were taken, and replaced with a lesser metal compound, brass. Rehoboam allowed sodomites to work at the temple in Jerusalem and in high places (male temple prostitutes catering homosexual acts to the Jewish men coming to the temple to worship God)
1 Kings 14:22-31; 2 Chronicles 12:9-16

King Abijam - Fourth generation of king David (57 years after king David)
This great grandson of David became the king of Jerusalem, but reigned only three years due to his wickedness. He had 14 wives.
1 Kings 15:1-8; 2 Chronicles 13:21

King Asa - Fifth generation of king David (60 years after king David)
This man began as a good king and reigned for 41 years in Jerusalem. But he failed to root out all idolatry in Judah, which compromised the nation. Instead of relying on God, he made a league with the king of Syria, using temple treasures to pay off this pagan king. Asa ended his life as an evil man.
1 Kings 15:9-23; 2 Chronicles 16:6-14

King Jehoshaphat - Sixth generation of king David (101 years after king David)
This man started out great -
2 Chronicles 17:1-6; but he did not fully remove all idolatry from Judah. He had respect for the Word of God, and made sure it was taught to the people of Judah - 2 Chronicles 17:9. But after he had reigned for some years, he became spiritually blinded and joined the wicked king Ahab, king of Israel in a military mission. 2 Chronicles 18:1-5 Once the battle started, Jehoshaphat’s life was spared, but Ahab was killed. 2 Chronicles 18:28-34 Coming back from this disaster, he moved closer to God and gave the people of Judah justice through its court system. 2 Chronicles 19:1-11 Turning to God, Judah won a great victory - 2 Chronicles 20:1-32 But the king was not able TO REMOVE THE TRADITIONS OF IDOLATRY FROM THE PEOPLE OF JUDAH! THEY STILL WENT WHORING AFTER OTHER gods! Verse 33 Instead of ending his life in great victory walking with the Lord God, the king pulled a political stunt and joined forces with the current king of Israel, who was more than wicked. The result was a disaster, when the fleet of Judah broke up in the sea and the sailors died. 2 Chronicles 20:34-37 Despite some great victories in his life and having experienced answered prayers from God, Jehoshaphat died as a "fool," having learned nothing!

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