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WHAT IS TRUE REVIVAL?
PART 14: KING HEZEKIAH

John S. Torell

November 30, 2003

A TEACHING SERMON

In order for us to understand what a true revival is, we must begin by asking the following questions:

1. Are you willing to be corrected? Proverbs 9:6-12
2. Are you hot or lukewarm? Revelation 3:14-19
3.
Is anger getting the best of you? Matthew 5:1-12

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 - I 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)
King Asa started with God, but ended his life as an evil man
(Reigned for 41 years, fifth generation after king David)
King Jehoshaphat started out great, and died as a fool
(Reigned for 25 years, sixth generation after king David)
King Jehoram was a wicked king from his first day in office
(Reigned for 8 years, sixth generation after king David)
King Ahaziah was a wicked king
(Reigned for one year, seventh generation after king David)
King Joash did not have a perfect heart
(Reigned for 40 years, eight generation after king David)
King Amaziah did not have a perfect heart
(Reigned for 29 years, ninth generation after king David)
King Uzziah started with God and ended with the Devil
(Reigned for 52 years, tenth generation after king David
)
King Jotham did not understand Godís holiness
((Reigned for 16 years, eleventh generation after king David)
King Ahaz became a very evil king, leading the people into gross sin
(Reigned for 16 years, twelfth generation after king David)
King Hezekiah became Godís man leading the people into righteousness
(Reigned for 29 years, thirteenth generation after king David)


REVIVAL HAS ARRIVED!

Once the revival was set in motion, Hezekiah went a step further, he re-instituted the practice of tithing : II Chronicles 31:2-10
Tithing is not an option, it is a command from God himself - Malachi 3:1-12

As Hezekiah and his people prospered, it was challenged by the Devil in form of the king of Assyria. Hezekiah did what he could and prepared a defense. II Chronicles 32:1-6
Hezekiah then told his people, do not trust in the flesh, the Lord is our defense! Verses 7-8
The king of Assyria tried to put fear into the people in Jerusalem - verses 9-19
But the people did not respond - II Kings 18:28-37
When Hezekiah heard the news, he turned to God - II Kings 19:1-7
Satan was not giving up, he wanted to put more fear into the king - II Kings 19:8-13
Hezekiah went into deep prayer - verses 14-19
His prayer was heard, and word was sent via his prophet - verses 20-34
The night after God had spoken to Isaiah, judgment fell on the king of Assyria! Verses 35-37

The Devil now changed tactics, and attacked Hezekiah with PRIDE! II Chron.32:22-25
The Devil could now afflict him with sickness - II Kings 20:1
Hezekiah realized his sins, and turned to God in prayer! God healed him and gave him 15 more years to live on this earth. II Kings 20:1-11; Isaiah 38:1-22

Unless we truly hang on to God, the Devil will wear a person down and after so many years Godís people tend to become "spiritually sloppy." As Hezekiah grew older, he became spiritually careless. He started to reign at age 25, became deathly sick at the age of 39, and died at the age of 54.
When the Devil sent in a messenger from the king of Babylon, instead of rejecting this messenger, Hezekiah was impressed and wanted to impress the king of Babylon. 2 Kings 20:12-18; Isaiah 39:1-7
The following verses show the spiritual denseness that by now had overtaken Hezekiah, instead of lamenting over his sin, he called the judgment of God good! Verses 19-21
In his last test from God, Hezekiah failed - II Chron.32:31

QUESTION: Every revival fire from God since the time of Moses did not last. The Devil was able to deceive the leadership into some kind of deception. Are we going to be a generation, that will stand upon the Word of God and be different, or are we sliding down into carelessness? Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 28:18-20

Do you have an ear to hear with?

The End


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