John S. Torell
November 9, 2003
A TEACHING SERMON
In order for us to understand what a true revival is, we must begin by asking two questions?
We are exhorted to be like minded with Christ -
King Solomon died a Satan worshiper - I Kings 11:1-9
THE ROAD TO REVIVAL
King Ahaz - Twelfth generation of king David (279 years after king David)
The king was the twelfth king after David and he reigned for 16 years. Ahaz was 20 years old, when he began to reign as a king.
From the very beginning he started out wrong - II Chronicles 28:1
Instead of serving the living God, Ahaz opted for demon gods and brought not only sin and judgment on himself, but also on the people of Judah - II Chronicles 28:2-4
Children were sacrificed to the cruel demon god Moloch, and the temple prostitutes were busy seducing the men and the boys - II Kings 16:1-4
The first judgment of God fell upon Judah - II Chronicles 28:5-7
God spoke through his prophet and the captives were returned to Judah - verses 8-15
Note: The leadership in Israel acknowledged their sins against God, but was only willing to repent of CERTAIN PARTS OF THE SINS!
King Ahaz now committed another sin, instead of repenting and turning to God, he turned to Satan, the world and the flesh - verses 16-19
The Devil will give some relief, but in the end, relief is turned into pain! verses 20-21
Ahaz had to pay the Devil with the gold and silver belonging to the Lord, and then he traveled to the center of Satan worship of that day, and was snared and brought the abomination back to Jerusalem and set it up in Godís Temple. II Kings 16:7-18
Once Ahaz had embarked on the road to destruction, he had no desire to turn back to God, instead he sank deeper and deeper into sin - II Chronicles 28:22-25
Ahaz died in the prime of his life and went into eternity. He has now been burning in hell for some 2,500 years and all he can look forward to is a more terrible burning and punishment in the Lake of Fire forever and ever! verses 26-27
Lesson to learn for us today:
Do you have an ear to hear with?
To be continued ...