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WHAT IS A TRUE REVIVAL?
PART 5

John S. Torell

June 1, 2003

A TEACHING SERMON

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 
(Reigned for 40 years, son of David)
King Rehoboam allowed sodomites to operate at the temple in Jerusalem 
(Reigned for 17 years, grandson of David, third generation)
King Abijam was a wicked king, married 14 wives
(Reigned for 3 years, great grandson of David, fourth generation)


THE ROAD TO REVIVAL

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!

King Jehoram - Seventh generation of king David (126 years after King David)
This king was the seventh king in Jerusalem after king David and he reigned for 8 years. A very wicked man. Murdered all his brothers and a number of Jewish nobles in order to consolidate his political power. He married the wicked daughter of King Ahab and Jezebel, who introduced Baal worship in Jerusalem. He forced young Jewish girls to become temple prostitutes, in the horrible rites of the pagan goddess, Ashtoreth. The prophet Elijah, who lived in the northern kingdom of Israel sent him a message from God, pronouncing judgement, and the king died of a horrible decease.
2 Chronicles 21:1-20

King Ahaziah (also known as Jehoahaz) - Eighth generation of king David (134 years after king David)
This king reigned only one year over Jerusalem, when he was killed. He had been trained in the pagan worship of Baal by his own mother, Athaliah. He joined forces with the wicked king of Israel at that time, Jehoram and God only allowed him to reign for 1 year, before he was slain by the sword.
2 Chronicles 22:1-9 His wicked mother Athalia through murder and dirty politics took power over Jerusalem and reigned for six years as "queen," and then she was executed 141 years after king David. 2 Chronicles 22:10-12 

The judgment from God on king David’s descendants continued 141 years after his death - 2 Samuel 12:7-14 

Today we can be set free from generational curses through Christ - Galations 3:13-14 But each believer in Christ must apply this in his own life, it does not come automatically, when we receive Christ as our Lord and Savior!

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To be continued...


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