Friday, June 3, 2022

THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT


The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

By Eddie L. Hyatt

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who comes after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire (Matthew 3:11).

i.        The baptism in the holy spirit is an enduement of power for effective life and service.

A.      The word “baptize” comes from the Greek word baptizo which means to “immerse” or “soak;” therefore, to be “baptized in the Holy Spirit” is to be completely under the influence of the Holy Spirit.

B.       In the book of Acts, the baptism in the Holy Spirit is used interchangeably with expressions such as they received the Holy Spirit or they were filled with the Holy Spirit or the Holy Spirit fell upon them.

C.       The baptism in the Holy Spirit is given to empower the believer to be an effective witness of Jesus Christ.

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth (Jesus in Acts 1:8).

Ii.      in the book of acts there are 5 instances of people being baptized in the holy spirit, and in 3 of those it explicitely says that the recipients spoke in tongues, and in the other 2 it can be implied.

A.      The Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:4).

1.       And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:4).

2.       When Peter was asked the meaning of the speaking in tongues on the Day of Pentecost, he replied that it signified (was the sign) of the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy that in the last days God would pour out His Spirit on all flesh (Acts 2:15-16).

B.             At the House of Cornelius (Acts 10:44-48).

The skeptical Jewish believers, who accompanied Peter to Cornelius’ house, were convinced that these Gentiles had truly received the Holy Spirit the same as they had, For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God (Acts 10:45-46).

C.       In Ephesus (Acts 19:1-6).

In Ephesus Paul found certain disciples and asked them if they received the Holy Spirit when they believed. When they said they did not even know that there was a Holy Spirit Paul gave them further instructions and when he had laid hands on them, The Holy Spirit came upon them and they spoke with tongues and prophesied (Acts 19:1-6).

D.      In the Samaritan Revival (Acts 8:4-17).

Philip saw great response to his preaching in Samaria with many miraculous healings, water baptisms and great joy in the city. But in spite of all these manifestations, Peter and John were sent from Jerusalem to pray for them to receive the Holy Spirit for as yet He had fallen upon none of them. After praying for them to receive the Holy Spirit, Peter and John laid hands on them, And they received the Holy Spirit. Although speaking in tongues is not mentioned, it is obvious that Peter and John had a criterion by which they determined if the people had been baptized in the Holy Spirit, and that criterion must have been speaking in tongues.

E.       Paul’s baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:17).

At the time of Paul’s baptism when Ananias laid hands on him that he might receive his sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit, there is no mention of speaking in tongues. Nonetheless, it may be assumed, for Paul later wrote to the Corinthians, saying, I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all (I Corinthians 14:18).

III.     HOw is the baptism in the holy Spirit received?

A.      Ask. Jesus said in Luke 11:13, How much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.

B.       Believe. Jesus said in Mark 11:24, Whatever things you desire when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

C.       Receive or “Actively Take.” Luke says in Acts 8:15, 17, When they (Peter and John) had come down, [they] prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. . . . Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

D.      Allow to Flow Out. Jesus said of the one who is thirsty and comes to Him and drinks, Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water, but this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive (John 7:37-38).

The Holy Spirit comes in for the purpose of then flowing out to others. Once you have asked, believed and received, then open your heart and mouth in praise to God and allow the Holy Spirit to flow out in that initial sign of speaking in tongues. In their book, The Holy Spirit and You, Dennis and Rita Bennett say, “We are convinced, from the Scripture and after praying with thousands of people to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit over the past ten years and more, that there is no believer who cannot speak in tongues, if he or she is properly prepared, and really ready to trust the Lord” (Bennett, The Holy Spirit and You, 75).

Thursday, June 2, 2022

NEW BOOK BY SUSAN HYATT COULD SPARK A MASS MOVEMENT FROM ISLAM TO CHRISTIANITY

Dr. Susan Hyatt’s latest book, the 2nd edition of her classic, In the Spirit We’re Equal, has the potential to ignite a Reformation that will transform how the Church thinks about women and thereby ignite a mass movement from Islam to Christianity.

This was made very clear to me about 12 years ago when the Lord visited me in an unusual manner and instructed me to “identify” with Sue and her two-fold vision to articulate the Biblical basis for the equality of women with men "in Christ" and to “write God’s women back into history.”

It began early one morning around 3 a.m. when I suddenly found myself wide awake. Desiring to pray, but not wanting to disturb Sue, I quietly slipped out of bed and made my way to another room where I sat on a couch. The only light in the room came from a streetlight just outside the window. It was an incredibly quiet and tranquil setting.

As I quietly communed with the Lord, I had a very unusual experience. My soul seemed to become supernaturally quiet, and I heard the voice of the Lord in my heart, saying, “I want you to be more identified with Sue and what she is doing.” There was a moment of silence and then I heard words that astounded me. “This message has the power to begin a mass movement from Islam to Christianity, beginning with the women.”

As I sat in the darkness contemplating what I had just heard, an African woman, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, came to mind whom I had heard speak boldly about the inherent dangers of Islam. She had grown up in a Muslim family in Africa and when barely a teenager her father arranged for her to marry a Muslim man in Canada. She escaped to the Netherlands where she received a college education, became an atheist, and was then elected to the Dutch parliament where she was an outspoken critic of Islam.

When I heard her story, I had wondered why she did not become a Christian when she left Islam. As I sat quietly that morning pondering what I had just heard, I suddenly knew the answer. Why would she leave a hard form of patriarchal oppression in Islam for a softer form in Christianity? If she had known the truths in this book, I believe she would have become a Christian.

From that moment, I knew that the message contained in this book is vital for world evangelism and for the Church to truly be the Church—a fully functioning body where people function, not according to their gender (man or woman) but according to their God-given gifts and callings.

It is my prayer that God will use this book to awaken his Church to the fact that the Holy Spirit empowers women as well as men to leadership in His body and to any and every sort of ministry and function.

I am convinced that this book, In the Spirit We’re Equal (2nd Edition), has the power to ignite a Reformation on the scale of the Protestant Reformation that Luther ignited when he nailed his 95 theses to the Wittenberg Church door.

This article was derived from The Foreword, written by Dr. Eddie Hyatt, for the 503 page book, In the Spirit We're Equal (2nd Edition), by Dr. Susan Hyatt. The book is available from Amazon and their website bookstore at www.eddiehyatt.com/bookstore.html.

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Sunday, February 6, 2022

OVERCOMING THE GIANTS IN YOUR LIFE

5 Lessons from David's Takedown of Goliath

I.                BOLDLY CONFRONT THE GIANT

Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine. (I Sam. 17:32).

So it was when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. (I Sam. 17:48)

II.              DON’T TRY TO BATTLE IN SOMEONE ELSE’S ARMOR

So Saul clothed David with his armor and put a bronze helmet on his head. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off. (I Sam. 17:38-39)

III.           USE WHAT YOU HAVE AND ARE COMFORTABLE WITH

And he took his [shepherd’s] staff in his hand and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook . . . and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine. (I Sam. 17:40).

IV.           FACE YOUR GIANT IN THE NAME OF THE LORD

Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” (I Sam. 17:45)

V.             DECLARE YOUR FAITH IN THE FACE OF THE GIANT

Then David said to the Philistine, This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear, for the battle is the LORD’S. (I Sam. 17:45-47).

Dr. Eddie Hyatt will teach this message on The Eddie Hyatt Podcast beginning Wednesday Febrary 9, 2022. The episodes can be downloaded on demand by going to https://dreddiehyatt.podbean.com/. Check out Eddie's website at www.eddiehyatt.com.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

THE PROPHETHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS


Robert Morris, Senior Pastor at Gateway Church in Southlake, TX, told of an individual approaching him and saying, “You have lots of good leaders around you but you don’t have a prophet.” Morris said he replied, “I don’t need a prophet; I have the Holy Spirit.”

Morris obvisouly understands that there is a great difference between the Old Testament era, when the masses were dependent on prophets to hear from God, and the New Testament era wherein the Holy Spirit is given to every believer and all have the potential to hear from God.

Shifting from Old Testament to New Testament Thinking

In the Old Testament, the work of the Holy Spirit was confined and limited. He came only upon certain prophets, judges, and kings such as Moses, Deborah, Gideon, Samuel, David, and Elijah. He came only at certain times and for special occasions, such as the dedication of Moses’ tabernacle and Solomon’s temple. The masses were not privileged to have the Spirit of God and had to enquire of a prophet in order to hear from God.

This all changed, however, with the coming of the Messiah and the promised outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. With the coming of Messiah Jesus and His redemptive work, a new era dawned. The ministry of the prophet was not discontinued; it was expanded to include the entire believing community. This is what Dr. Roger Stronstad has called “the prophethood of all believers.”

Predicted by Old Testament Prophets

Old Testament prophets spoke of this wonderful time when prophetic ministry would be expanded to include all of God’s people. This was the prediction of the Old Testament prophet Joel who declared,

And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days (Joel 2:28-29).

In Jewish/rabbinic tradition, this passage was associated with the coming of the Messiah and the messianic age, also known as “the last days.” The messianic age would be a time when, unlike the era in which they lived, the Holy Spirit would be poured out on all of God’s people. Gender would not be an issue as both sons and daughters would prophesy. Age would not matter and even the very lowest of society—the menservants and maidservants—would experience this outpouring of the Holy Spirit and would prophesy.

On the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was being poured out and the disciples were speaking in other tongues, Peter explained to the questioning onlookers what was happening by quoting Joel’s prophecy. Peter made it clear that the messianic blessing for which they were looking had arrived. He did this by pointing out that this is that; in other words, this that you see happening here today is that which Joel prophesied would come to pass.

Peter further made his point by substituting Joel’s it shall come to pass afterwards with it shall come to pass in the last days. As far as Peter was concerned, the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus had ushered in the promised era. The last days had dawned and the Spirit of prophecy was now being made available to all who would receive Jesus, the risen Savior and Lord (Acts 2:14-18).

Moses also spoke of this wonderful era when God’s Spirit would be made available to all of God’s people. When a young Joshua wanted him to stop two elders from prophesying in the camp, Moses passionately replied, Are you jealous for my sake? He then earnestly declared his heart’s desire,

Oh, that all the LORD'S people were prophets and that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them (Num. 11:29).

Moses was, no doubt, expressing God’s heart when he expressed his desire that all of God’s people were prophets. This earnest desire began to be fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost with the outpouring of God’s Spirit on all flesh. Stronstad says that Luke, in recording these events on the Day of Pentecost,

Has thus reported the actual historical fulfillment of Moses’s earnest desire: Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them (Hyatt, Prophets and Prophecy, 105)!

A Nation of Prophets

What a change from former times when the masses would have to seek out a “prophet” to hear from God. Now the prophetic Spirit is resting on all of God’s people, and the gift of prophecy is potentially available to all. Prophecy is no longer the province of certain individuals, but now belongs to the entire community. Stronstad says,

Here in Luke’s narrative, for the first time ever in the redemptive history of God’s people, those people truly function as a nation of prophets—the prophethood of all believers (Hyatt, Prophets and Prophecy, 106).

This is the context for understanding the words of John in John 7:39 where he says that the Holy Spirit was not yet given. John spoke this when quoting the words of Jesus during the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem when He cried out, Whoever is thirsty let him come to Me and drink; as the Scripture has said, “Out of his belly will flow rivers of living water.

John explains that Jesus was speaking of the Holy Spirit whom those who believe on Him should receive for the Holy Spirit was not yet given. At that time, the Holy Spirit had not yet been given in the universal sense as predicted by Joel and anticipated by Moses.

At that point in history (before Pentecost) the Holy Spirit had only been given to certain prophets and kings, to John the Baptist in the womb, and to Jesus at His baptism. The time when all of God’s people would have the Spirit of God was still future. That time arrived on the Day of Pentecost when they all were filled with the Holy Spirit and all began to speak prophetically as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:4).

No Elite Company of Prophets
In the New Testament Church

There is a popular contemporary teaching that God began restoring the “office” of the prophet to the church in the 1980s. The problem with this idea is that neither Jesus nor the Twelve instituted church “offices.” In fact, the word “office” is not found in the Greek New Testament.

Although the English word “office’ is found in I Timothy 3:1, it has been added by the translators and is not found in the Greek. The passage literally reads, If anyone desires oversight, he desires a good work. The language is functional, not official.

Words used to describe leaders in the New Testament, such as apostle, prophet, pastor, bishop, etc., are functional in nature describing the leaders’ task, rather than official describing their authority and status. They are never used as titles.

In Acts, for example, Luke mentions Paul by name more than 120 times and not once does he say, “Apostle Paul,” but merely “Paul.” In 2 Peter 3:14, Peter refers to our beloved brother Paul. In Rev. 1:9, John the apostle, in his letter to the churches, refers to himself as your brother and companion in tribulation.

Their obvious avoidance of titles is understandable in light of the words of Jesus in Matt. 23:6-12 where He warned His disciples about adopting titles that would set themselves apart from others. He obviously saw His disciples as a band of brothers and sisters. He said,

But you, do not be called “Rabbi”; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.

The early church obviously took this admonition of Jesus seriously, which is why Rudolph Bultman, a liberal theologian, but an astute historian, said,

Neither in the earliest Palestinian congregation nor in earliest Hellenistic Christianity was there originally any thought of establishing church regulations and offices (Hyatt, Prophets and Prophecy, 108).

Functional Language

Some will surely ask, “But what about certain individuals like Agabus and Silas who are referred to as prophets in the book of Acts?” First of all, note that they are never called “Prophet Agabus” or “Prophet Silas.” The word is never used as a title. 

Fee is, no doubt, correct when he says that those who are referred to as “prophets” in the New Testament are merely those who prophesy more than the other members of the prophetic community. In other words, the designation is functional, not official.

For example, it is obvious that in Paul’s use of the noun “prophet” in I Corinthians 14:29-32, he is using functional language meaning “the one prophesying.” Although some think he is referring to a special group of “prophets,” it is obvious that the whole community is being addressed.

This is confirmed by the fact that inclusive language is used throughout, such as in 14:32, where he says, For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged. Fee comments on this passage, saying,

This does not mean, of course, that all will or do prophesy. It is simply to note that Paul’s concern here is not with a group of prophets, but with the functioning of prophecy in the assembly. The noun “prophets,” therefore, is to be understood as functional language similar to the use of interpreter in v. 28 (Hyatt, Prophets and Prophecy, 109).

In the Old Testament era, when the masses did not possess the Holy Spirit, individuals would seek out a prophet to hear the mind and heart of the Lord.  In the New Testament, however, there is not a single example of someone seeking out a “prophet” to hear from God. Neither is there a single example of Paul, or any New Testament writer, instructing their readers to seek out the “prophets” in their midst to hear what they have to say.

To tell New Testament believers to seek out a prophet would be a reversion to a former and less desirable time. Instead, the obvious assumption is that they all have the Spirit of God. The emphasis is on everyone living in the Spirit, adhering to the Scriptures, loving one another, listening to one another, and keeping Christ central.

A Truth Whose Time Has Come

Martin Luther brought to the church the truth of the “priesthood of all believers.” It is time that we also understand the truth of the “prophethood of all believers.” In the same way that we do not need a special priest to go to God on our behalf, we do not need a special prophet to act as God’s mouthpiece for us.

Let us remember the words of Paul in in I Tim. 2:5. He wrote, For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus. The prophethood of all believers is a truth whose time has come.

This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt’s latest book, Prophets and Prophecy, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

RESPONDING TO THE IDOLOTROUS PRAYER OF THE 117TH CONGRESS

Every American should be startled and deeply concerned by the idolatrous, un-American prayer that opened the current session of the U.S. Congress. Democrat representative, Emmanuel Cleaver, a Methodist minister, closed his politically correct prayer by invoking the names of foreign gods, saying,

"We ask these things in the name of the monotheistic God, Brahma, and god known by many names by many different faiths. Amen and Awoman.”

Since most Americans profess to be Christian, you would think Jesus Christ would have earned at least a mention, but it was not to be. Cleaver, no doubt, would insist that He is included in the “god known by many names by many different faiths.”

In other words, for the Democrat Party, and many Republicans as well, Jesus Christ is no longer the unique Son of God and Savior of the world. In their secularist, postmodern worldview, all religions worship the same God and call him by different names such as Brahma, Allah, Krishna, Shiva Yahweh, and Jesus Christ.

This prayer serves to highlight how far our culture has drifted from a Christian worldview and the original American vision.

This is Unbiblical and Un-American

Cleaver’s prayer was such a contrast to the prayer that opened the very first session of the U.S. Congress on September 5, 1774. The delegates had met to discuss how to respond to the British invasion of the colonies, their lockdown of the city of Boston, and their closure of the Boston seaport.

Before beginning their discussions, they agreed to have a time of Bible reading and prayer. They invited Rev. Jacob Dusche, an Anglican minister from Philadelphia, to lead them in the time of prayer. After reading the entire 35th Psalm, Dusche began praying, saying,

O Lord, our high and mighty Father, heavenly king of kings, and Lord of Lords, who dost from Thy throne behold all the dwellers of the earth, and reignest with power supreme over all kingdoms, empires, and governments.  Look down in mercy we beseech thee on these our American states who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor . . . desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee. Shower down upon them and the millions they represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world and crown them with everlasting joy in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, and our Savior. Amen (Hyatt, 1726:The Year that Defined America, 113).

As Dusche prayed, many of the delegates, particularly the Anglicans such as George Washington and Richard Henry Lee, knelt in prayer. The Puritans and Quakers, according to their custom, sat with bowed heads and prayed. So powerful was the Bible reading and prayer that Dusche was invited to be the chaplain for the Congress and to open every session with prayer.

Members of this First Continental Congress were a “Who’s Who” of America’s founding generation. They included George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, John Adams, and others. Every day they lifted prayers to God in the name of Jesus Christ.

Thirteen years later, at the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin recalled the power of those daily prayers that were offered in the name of Christ. Recognizing the need for prayer at the Convention, he addressed the Convention president, George Washington, saying, 

In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible to danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard and they were graciously answered. I therefore beg leave to move that, henceforth, prayers imploring the assistance of heaven and its blessing on our deliberation be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 141-42).

Jesus Christ Was at the Center of Their Faith

There is no question that the faith of the founding generation was centered in Jesus Christ. In fact, a British-appointed governor wrote to his superiors in England, “If you ask an American who is his master, he will tell you he has none, nor any governor but Jesus Christ” (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that DefinedAmerica, 81).

This Christ-centered faith was a fruit of the Great Awakening that transformed colonial America. Every founder was affected to one degree or another. This explains a prayer recorded in a prayer journal kept by George Washington in his twenties. It reads, “Bless, O Lord, the whole race of mankind, and let the world be filled with the knowledge of Thee and Thy Son, Jesus Christ” (Hyatt, 1726:The Year that Defined America, 132).

It also explains the Prayer Proclamation of John Hancock while serving as governor of Massachusetts. Hancock, who also served as president of the Continental Congress, called on the constituents of his state, and all Americans, to ask forgiveness for their sins “through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ,” and,

To overrule all the commotion in the world, to the spreading of the true religion of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, in its purity and power, among all the people of the earth (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 171).

This is What Made America Great

Deuteronomy 6:13 directly confronts Cleaver’s idolatrous prayer. It reads, Fear the Lord your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.

We gain understanding of this passage by considering the Old Testament Hebrew words for “LORD” and “God.” “LORD” is a translation of Yahweh and this was the personal name of God as revealed to Abraham, Moses, and the Jewish people. “God” is a translation of Elohim, which was a generic name for deity in the ancient near East.

Yahweh revealed Himself to Israel as a personal God with self-consciousness, and will, capable of feeling, choosing, and having a reciprocal relationship with other personal and social beings. Yahweh was the personal name of the God of Israel. The nations surrounding Israel had their Elohim, but Yahweh was their Elohim

The Deuteronomy 6:13 command reads in Hebrew, Fear Yahweh your Elohim and serve him only . . .. Jesus quoted this passage to Satan in Luke 4:8 in response to Satan offering Him all the kingdoms of this world if he would bow down and worship him. Jesus vehemently replied, Get behind Me Satan! For it is written, “You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.”

There is no room for religious pluralism here. God our Creator has made Himself known and He alone is worthy of our honor, worship, and service.

Jesus is God Incarnate

In the New Testament, Jesus identified Himself with Yahweh of the Old Testament. For example, in talking to a Jewish audience, Jesus said, Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day and he saw it and was glad. They answered, You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham? Jesus replied, Before Abraham was, I Am (John 8:58).

Jesus is here alluding to God’s appearance to Moses in the burning bush where He revealed Himself by the Hebrew name Yahweh (Exodus 3:14). The Hebrew name Yahweh is normally translated as “LORD,” but here, in Exodus 3:14, it is translated as “I Am.”

At this point, the Jews took up stones to stone Him because, in their minds, He had blasphemed by identifying Himself with the God of Israel. He had not blasphemed, however, for he was God incarnate. He was Yahweh made flesh, the ultimate revelation of God to humanity.

The early church understood this, which is why they referred to Him by the Greek title kurios, translated as “Lord” in our English Bibles. He is called the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord Jesus, and Christ Jesus the Lord.

This is significant for the Hebrew name Yahweh was translated as kurios by the Septuagint, a widely used Greek translation of the Old Testament, produced around 275 B.C. This meant that all Greek-speaking Jews would understand the confession of Jesus as kurios, or Lord, to be a confession of His deity.

The Only Path to National Blessing

Psalm 33:12 says, Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, or literally, Blessed is the nation whose Elohim is Yahweh. America has been blessed like no other nation because her founders honored Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. They were not perfect but they acknowledge their need for Him and unashamedly prayed in His name.

The idolatrous prayer of the 117th Congress should be a wake-up call for the American church. This is no time for indifference and compromise. We must take a stand for our Christ-centered faith.

We must also be serious about praying for another Jesus revival to sweep across the land. For only that nation whose God is the LORD has any solid hope of being protected and blessed.

This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt's book, 1726: The Year that Defined America, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com. He is also the founder of the "1726 Project" dedicated to educating Americans about the Christian origins of their nation out of a great, spiritual awakening. 

Thursday, December 24, 2020

HOW GOD USED A GIFT OF PROPHECY TO INTRODUCE ME TO AN INDIAN AUDIENCE

This true story opens the 1st chapter of my latest book, Prophets and Prophecy,
availalable from Amazon in both paperback and Kindle.

It was April of 1983 and I had arrived in Shillong, Meghalaya in northeast India to minister for 10 days among the Khasi people of that region. I was staying in the home of my host, Dr. R. Joseph Skinner.

The night before our first service, God gave me a word of prophecy to speak forth in that service. Interestingly, I knew that the message I had been given was an interpretation to a tongue. I Corinthians 14:5 tells us that tongues with interpretation is equal to prophecy, and I knew that I was to wait for a message in tongues before speaking the prophetic message I had been given.

This raised the question in my own mind as to how I would know when somebody gave a message in tongues, since I knew nothing of the Khasi language. In addition, I did not know if they even practiced messages in tongues and interpretations in their services.

I went to the church service the next morning in faith and with a determination to be spiritually alert and see how things would unfold. The small building was packed with every seat filled and people standing shoulder to shoulder, filling every nook and cranny.

I stood alongside several other leaders on the platform and someone began to lead in singing and praise in the Khasi tongue. At the close of the singing there was a long, extended time of fervent, corporate prayer. The crescendo of prayer eventually descended until everything became still and quiet. No one moved or spoke, including the leaders on the platform.

Suddenly, from out in the congregation, the silence was broken by someone speaking in a beautiful, melodious tone.  I was alert and thought to myself, “That sounds like a message in tongues.”

I then stepped to the microphone and gave the interpretation I had been given the night before, which was a word of encouragement to that congregation. I finished speaking and one of the Khasi pastors stepped forward and interpreted to the people in their language what I had said. Shortly thereafter, the service was turned to me and preached my first sermon in India.

After the service, I asked my host, Dr. Skinner, if that was a message in tongues to which I had responded. He said, “Yes, that person spoke in an unknown tongue.” Wow!  God had worked the prophetic gift through two people of different languages and cultures who had never met! And it flowed so seamlessly.

God used this manifestation of prophecy to introduce me to the Khasi people. It brought an immediate acceptance and respect that I could not have earned on my own. We then had a wonderful 10 days of teaching, preaching, and powerful ministry of the Holy Spirit.

It was also the beginning of a life-long friendship with the late Dr. Joseph Skinner, his brother, Kitbok Ryntathiang, and the Khasi people of northeast India.


This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt’s latest book, Prophets and Prophecy, with the subtitle, Timely Insights from the Bible, History, and My Experience. It is availalable from Amazon in both paperback and Kindle.


Tuesday, August 25, 2020

I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH FAITH TO BE AN ATHEIST

 The Teleological Argument 
for the Existence of God
(Excerpted from the manual "Think Biblically" available at this link. 
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DEFINITION:  Teleological is derived from the Greek word teleos meaning “goal or purpose.” The teleological argument for God’s existence says that the orderliness and complexity of the Creation indicates that it was created for a purpose. This approach is also known as the argument from “Intelligent Design.” Consider the few examples below.

I.                The Earth Is Precisely the Right Size
for Sustaining Life.

A.              If the size of the earth varied by as much as 10%, life could not exist.

B.              Isaiah 40:12b says that God Calculated the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales. In other words, He chose just the right amount.

II.             EARTH IS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE WATER IS FOUND IN ABUNDANCE AND IT IS FOUND IN PRECISELY THE RIGHT AMOUNT.

A.              If the ratio of water to land varied by a small percentage, life could not exist.

B.              Isaiah 40:12 says that God, Measured the waters in the palm of His hand. In other words, He used precisely the right amount.

III.      THE SIZE OF THE SUN AND ITS DISTANCE FROM EARTH
IS EXACTLY RIGHT FOR SUSTAINING LIFE.

A.              If either the size of the sun or its distance from the earth varied by a very small degree, life could not exist.

B.              Isaiah 40:12 says that God Measured heaven with a span. In other words, He put exactly the right distances between the heavenly bodies.

IV.       THE SIZE AND POSITION OF THE MOON IS JUST RIGHT
FOR SUSTAINING LIFE ON EARTH.

A.              The moon creates the tides that clean the harbors and shores.

B.              The oceans and tides, in turn, provide oxygen for plankton that is the foundation of the food chain.

V.              EARTH’S ATMOSPHERE IS JUST RIGHT FOR SUSTAINING LIFE, BEING COMPOSED OF 78% NITROGEN, 21% OXYGEN AND 1% OF VARIOUS OTHER ELEMENTS.

A.              This is precisely the right mix of the right elements
for life to exist on earth

B.                      These elements are not chemically combined, but instead they are continually being mixed mechanically by the tidal effect of the moon upon the atmosphere.

VI.       THE VERY COMPLEX OZONE LAYER MAKES LIFE POSSIBLE ON EARTH.

A.        The ozone layer screens out eight deadly long rays, which would burn earth’s inhabitants, and the shorter rays, which are necessary for life, are admitted.

B.        The deadliest of the long rays are allowed through in a very limited amount—just enough to kill the green algae, which otherwise would grow to fill all the lakes, rivers and oceans of the world and destroy all human life.

C.        Isaiah 40:22 describes graphically this atmospheric canopy as being like a tent that God has stretched out for people to live in.

He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in (NIV).