At Midnight a Cry was heard . . .

“Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the LORD is coming, For it is at hand:” Joel 2:1
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At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’  “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” (Matthew 25:1-13, NIV)

1. The 10 virgins represent the church.

Jesus did not say five virgins and five prostitutes. All ten were virgins. All ten were clean so I believe they represent the Blood washed church.

2. The timing in the story.

Read Matthew 24 to understand the time Jesus was talking to the disciples about. He was talking about the end of time and His return.

3. All 10 of the Church is in a Deep Sleep at that time.

Would this represent the church today? In the story they were all asleep. Maybe we need to see that we are all in this together – asleep.

4. A Midnight Awakening Cry was heard.

I believe a Midnight Cry is going though the earth today. It is getting louder and louder as the days go by. This cry will intensify until the church awakens.

Midnight is a time when we are in deep sleep and do not expect the awakening.

5. There were Wise and Foolish.

During every outpouring of God’s Spirit, or God’s Awakenings, there are those who are foolish, not looking, not seeking, nor are they prepared. There are also those who are seeking God and have “oil in their lamps.”

“As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace–but now it is hidden from your eyes.’” (Luke 19:41, 42, NIV)

Jesus expects us to understand the Scriptures and seasons of God.

6. The Lamp and the Oil

Each one is responsible to have oil in their lamp.  Jesus said to “watch and to pray.” His command to the church is “be ready” at all times because we do not know the hour our Lord will return.

Do you feel a stirring  in your spirit?
Do you have a hunger to pray and seek the Lord?
Are you drawn to the Word of God in a new way?
God is wanting to fill our lamps with oil today so we are ready for this great Celebration.

7. The Celebration 

This awakening is a time of great harvest just before the Bridegroom comes to take His bride.  A great awakening.

“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.” (Joel 3:14, NKJV)

Here is a word of prophecy I received:
“A cloud, a mighty and dark cloud of wickedness is forming over the earth. The winds are blowing this cloud and it is moving fast across the land. Like a hurricane it is moving and it is drawing those of wicked intent together,  The world is watching and saying this wickedness will not come to us. This storm will pass over us.  But, no political force can stop this because the power behind this storm is “spiritual wickedness.” The ancient powers of darkness who motived the kings of Babylon to destroy Israel and the Temple are aroused again in this last days
. Only the power of God can stop this storm.”

“Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.” (Hosea 10:12, NKJV)

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9, NKJV)

Larry Neville
Senior leader of Praise Chapel International
Leading the Azusa Street Prayer Service each month in Los Angeles.
www.azusastreetprayer.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An Historic Wake-up Call . . .

A Historic Moment in History, Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the Congress of the
United States. 

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Today the Jewish people face another attempt by yet another Persian potentate to destroy us. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei spews the oldest hatred, the oldest hatred of anti-Semitism with the newest technology. He tweets that Israel must be annihilated — he tweets. You know, in Iran, there isn’t exactly free Internet. But he tweets in English that Israel must be destroyed.”

What will it take for America to WAKE UP? For the church to WAKE UP? 

Speaking about the End of the Age, Jesus Christ said, “At midnight a cry was heard.” (Matthew 25)   A cry was heard in the great halls of Congress and around the world.

A “wake up” call.

“In this deadly game of thrones, there’s no place for America or for Israel, no peace for Christians, Jews or Muslims who don’t share the Islamist medieval creed, no rights for women, no freedom for anyone. So when it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy.”

While this historic speech and wake-up call was spoken in Congress some of our leaders boycotted the speech and our President said, “I did not listen to the speech . . .” While our nation negotiates with Iran many of our leaders and our President snubbed our main allay from the Middle East, Israel’s Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Whatever the attitude of our leaders or our nation is toward Israel,  the Church of Jesus Christ needs to wake-up and stand with and support Israel during this threatening time.

Psalms 122:6 says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” God made a covenant with Abraham and said, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you.” (Genesis 12:3) 

The Prime Minister made if very clear that the goal of Iran and the Islamist is world domination. In the book, Jesus, Jihad and Peace, Michael Youssef writes,  “Ever since Islam began, its goal has been the founding of a world empire.” He goes on to write, An extreme sect of Islam has declared war on Western civilization, on the United States of America, and on Christians and Jews. While the War on Terror is not a religious war— that is, it’s not a war of one religion versus another— it’s clear that militant, extremist Islam has declared war on us. To pretend otherwise is to be in denial.”

What can we do?

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” (Romans 13:11, 12, NKJV)

We can do what Daniel did when he recognized the time for the fulfillment of Israel’s exile into Babylon – He Prayed. At the end of three weeks of fasting and prayer an angel appeared to him and said that the answer to his prayers were sent the first day but the the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me.” (Daniel 10:13) This story teaches us about the Spiritual Warfare that goes on over nations.

Paul said, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12) 

We can do Warfare in Prayer.

If the church will head this wake-up call and join together in prayer, we can make a difference. 

Pray for Peace in Jerusalem. 
Pray for Muslims to be saved.
Pray for the Persecuted Christians. 

Pray for the End Time Outpouring of God’s Spirit. 

The End Time Promise. 

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.” (Acts 2:17)

“My friends, may Israel and America always stand together, strong and resolute. May we neither fear nor dread the challenges ahead. May we face the future with confidence, strength and hope.” Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu

Mr. Prime Minister we stand with you and with Israel. 

 Larry Neville
Senior Leader of Praise Chapel International 

Larry hosts the, “Azusa Street Prayer Service” the first Sunday of each month in Downtown Los Angeles.  www.azusastreeprayer.com

If you missed his speech you can watch it here. 

Youssef, Michael (2015-02-17). Jesus, Jihad and Peace: What Bible Prophecy Says About World Events Today (p. 36).
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Azusa Street Prayer . . .

A Wonderful Evening of Prayer

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azusa mary 2Azusa Street Prayer Meeting 

The Union Church was filled once again as people came to pray for Los Angeles, America and the World. 

We opened praying for our Persecuted Brothers and Sisters in Egypt and the Middle East.  

Mary Jarrett (Vaughn and Mary Pastor in Brea, CA) is Egyptian, she opened the prayer for Persecuted Christians by sharing about her family and the Coptic and Orthodox Christians in Egypt. Then she led in prayer both in English and Arabic languages.

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North Korea 

Pastor John Kim,  spoke about the Persecuted Christians in North Korea. He said that this is the 70 year since Korea was divided. He led us in pray for the Persecuted Christian in North Korea and for the unification of North and South Korea. He also prayed for the churches in Los Angeles to come together for Kingdom service.

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Pastor Layth from Kurdistan spoke to us live from Iraq via SKYPE. He shared the great need there and what they are doing through Praise Chapel Missions. They are feeding over 5000 families a week. Having Bible Studies in the Refugee Camps and building the new Praise Chapel Church and Resource center. We all joined as he led in prayer for the People in the Middle East.

raymond prayingPrayer for Los Angeles 

Pastors from all over the Los Angeles area came forward to pray for their city. Then we all joined to pray for Los Angeles. We believe that it is God’s time for another great outpouring of God’s Awakening in this City of Angeles.

We concluded with personal prayer for the needs of those in the meeting.

The Next Azusa Street Prayer Meeting

Sunday April 12, at 6pm will be the next City-Wide Azusa Street Prayer Meeting.

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Azusa Street Prayer Continues . . .

 

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Hundreds of People Gather to Pray at Azusa Street in Los Angeles. 

The response has been fantastic as hundreds of people have joined together at the Union Church in Downtown Los Angeles.  There is definitely a stirring of God’s Spirit going on in Los Angeles and throughout America.

Prayer is the Answer.

Revival is always preceded by prayer. What better place to gather and pray than the Azusa Street Location where God poured out His Spirit in the past.

Los Angeles has been the center of many great moves of God’s Spirit. This is the entertainment Capital of the world. Just recently we had the Academy Awards and the world watch what was going on in Los Angeles and Hollywood.

Keep your eye on Los Angeles, especially DTLA (Downtown Los Angeles) because there is a move of God about to breakout.

If you are in the Los Angeles area come and join in the, Azusa Street Prayer Meetings.

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An Urgent Call to Prayer . . .

If my people . .. will humble themselves and pray and seek my face  . .  .I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land”
(2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV).

Our nation and our cities are faced with staggering challenges today

  • The extended war against terrorism,
  • The threat of Ebola seems to be expanding despite of the CDC’s precautions,
  • ISIS and the current war America is involved in again,
  • The homeless and family crisis,
  • Need I say more to challenge us to pray?

Jesus said, “Listen, hypocrites! You can predict the weather by paying attention to the sky and the earth, but why can’t you interpret the urgency of this present moment?” (Luke 12:56 Voice)

There are two places on earth where church history records an outpouring of the Holy Spirit that it had impact on the entire world. 

One was the day of Pentecost in the upper room at Jerusalem.

The other was in 1906 at Azusa Street in Los Angeles. 

I want to ask you to come, bring your church to Azusa Street in Los Angeles to pray. 

Sunday Night, November 16th at 6pm
Union Church Auditorium
401 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles 90013

This church is adjoining to the Azusa Street mission location. 

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I have been praying for over 2 years for a location in Los Angeles to bring people together to pray. I believe this is God’s timing and location for a Prayer Impact to take place.  I challenge you to come and encourage your folks to come. There is plenty of street parking and a free parking lot.

I believe that we are about to move into a season in America like we have never experienced. I don’t know all that is going to happen, but I do believe it all has to do with a GREAT AWAKENING. We as a Fellowship of Churches and Ministers must come together to pray. God will honor us with an outpouring of His Spirit. We believe, “It will come to pass in the last days that God will pour out His Spirit upon all people.”  Why not now?

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The Bible Speaks Today

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Revelation 20:4, NKJV, “And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”

100,000 Christians are being persecuted for their family today. What does that mean to YOU today?
Are we living in the Last Days?
Could Christian Persecution come to where you are living?

Prophecy students have always known that Antichrist will use beheading as the punishment for those who will not worship him and receive the “Mark of the Beast”

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Christian’s Flee to Kurdistan

Fleeing-ChristiansChristians flee Iraq’s Mosul after Islamists tell them: convert, pay or die. Iraqi Christians leave city en masse after Islamist militants threatened to kill them unless they converted to Islam or paid a ‘protection tax’

Christians were fleeing Iraq’s jihadist-held city of Mosul en masse on Friday after mosques relayed an ultimatum giving them a few hours to leave, the country’s Chaldean patriarch and witnesses said.

Iraq is home to one of the world’s most ancient Christian communities, but their numbers have plummeted as attacks against them mounted after the US-led invasion in 2003, which unleashed a wave of sectarian violence.

“Christian families are on their way to Dohuk and Arbil,” in the neighboring autonomous region of Kurdistan, Patriarch Louis Sako told AFP. “For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Here is a letter from our Praise Chapel Pastor in Kurdistan. 

Brother …

I need to share this with you about the church and I need you to share this with We really need a building for the church. The building will brings people from every kind of people.

The people is different than in America 100%. Here they need to see a building.

So please brother,  we want to focus on this. The Christians and the Muslims are starting to seek for real God.

What happened in Mosul, open the eyes of the people to see the reality of the Islam.

And the Church of the Catholic Church is very scared because they don’t have anything spiritual to give. So if we want to see the Praise Chapel Church in Kurdistan established we need now to work on it, especially we need a building.  I know it is very difficult to share about money.  But the time now for a building.

Pastor Kurdistan of Iraq

This is a horrible time for Christians in Iraq, but this posses an unbelievable opportunity in Kurdistan for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These (religious) Christians need help and they need a place to worship. This is the opportunity to help them. 

Larry Neville

You can support these Persecuted Christians here. Just click on the Middle East button

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Activ8 – WATCHMEN

watchmen prayer man“O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls; they will pray to the LORD day and night for the fulfillment of his promises. Take no rest, all you who pray.” Isaiah 62:6, NLT.

There are three words I want to give to you, “Men It’s time!” 

Two decades ago we saw men come together in a movement that was called, Promise Keepers. Tens of thousands of men gathered in stadiums all across America to seek God. Unfortunately that lasted only few years.

God is preparing to Activ8 a new generation of men to be watchmen over His church.

A watchman is a man who has taken the position to be a guard. Not like a prison guard, but someone who is watching over to protect. We guard and protect what is valuable to us.  When an expedition is going into new territory they will send a scout ahead to, scout out the land, this is also a type of a lead watchman.  So, “watchmen” are men who are willing to assume the responsibility to protect, watch over, serve and I would add, to lead.

Isaiah said that God, “Posted watchmen on the walls; they will pray . . .”

God is continually calling His people to prayer. Prayer movements have changed entire nations. God will always respond to prayer. “They will pray to the LORD day and night for fulfillment of his promises.”

I believe that we are living in the time for the fulfillment of the Acts 2 Prophetic Promise:

“In the last days, God said, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit upon all my servants, men and women alike, and they will prophesy” Acts 2:17-18 NLT. It is important to note Peter is speaking in response to the reaction of the people “seeing and hearing” those who have just been filled with the promised Holy Spirit.

“He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, ‘which,’ He said, ‘you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now’” Acts 1:4-5 NKJV. The church still needs the same Holy Spirit baptism today. We need watchmen to contend for this prophetic outpouring to be fulfilled in our generation also.

So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts’” Zechariah 4:6, NKJV.  The ministry of the church in 2014 is just as dependent upon the work of the Holy Spirit today as it was during Zerubbabel’s time and the time of the Apostles.

I say, “Men, It’s time.”

It is time for “Watchmen” to pray for the fulfillment of His promises.

Here is a good way to start for 2014:
(1.) Activ8 a personal time of prayer and devotion. I suggest in the morning but it can be anytime that works for you and you are committed to.

(2.) Activ8 men regularly to pray together. This would be in addition to any regular prayer you man take part in with your church.watchmen blog

(3.) Activ8 your God called and gifted leadership

“To the elders among you be shepherds of God’s flock, eager to serve, being examples to the flock.” 1 Peter 5

Saturday January 11, 7am Praise Chapel Rancho Cucamonga will  Activ8, “WATCHMEN 2014.”  A time  Worship, Prayer and Discipleship.  Your welcome to join.

Larry Neville

www.pcrancho.com

 

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By THIS all will know. . .

hands globe sm web“That you are My disciples.” John 13:35

By What?If you have love for one another.” John 13:35.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another” John 13:34.

This morning I read a post from Charisma News by Michael Brown, “Shall We Burn One Another at the Stake?”  This is from his book, Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire.  Both are worth reading.

Dr. Brown talks about the fighting that has gone on among Christians throughout the centuries. Christians have literally killed each other over doctrine, organizational differences, how to baptize and hundreds of other issues. In his book he talks the current assaults against Spirit Filled believers by a popular pastor.

Here is the question on my heart as I read this:    Is it possible to love one another as Christ loved us?  I think so otherwise He would never have commanded us to lov16172991_se His way.

There are many ways to “Burn One Another at the Stake.”

As a leader of a network of churches and ministries I am continually being called upon to, put out fires between pastors. These are not literal fires like Michael Brown writes about but it is the same spirit seeking to “kill, steal and to destroy”  the testimony of Jesus Christ by bringing division between God’s people.

Jesus rebuked the disciples when they argued over issues. When John wanted to stop someone from casting out demons in the name of Jesus, Jesus said, “Don’t stop him! Anyone who is not against you is for you” Luke 9:50. Don’t think that Jesus will not rebuke you also if you harbor attitudes of division toward those who work the works of Christ, even if you do not agree with them.

Well Larry, “You don’t know what they did to me . . .”  In 46 years of ministry I think I have heard enough of that. Don’t come crying to me about who hurt you, talked bad about you or took people from your church. It’s not your church anyway!

My prayer for 2014:

  1. That we would love one another as Jesus loves us.
  2. That we would put others ahead of ourselves.
  3. That we would be the ones to humble ourselves taking the bowl and towel to wash the feet of our fellow workers in Christ.
  4. That we will be willing to lay down our lives, ambitions, self interest, denominationalism and all other “isms” for the sake of loving others as Christ loves us.

Please do not go into 2014 with intentions to, burn one another at the stake.

Larry Neville
Senior leader of Praise Chapel International

www.larry@praisechapel.com

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Christmas is for EVERYONE!

chrsitmas everyoneIt is incredible that there are people who actually believe that Christ did not die for all mankind.

Curiously, one of the five points of Calvinism actually teaches a “limited atonement”—Jesus selectively died for only some in the human race and therefore the rest are necessarily condemned to hell by default. This strange doctrine:

1. Serves only to bring doubt into the hearts of the faithful that they themselves have not been chosen by God for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

2. It also produces smugness in those who are self-assured that they are saved no matter what—a real killer to evangelism.

With such a doctrine, based as it is upon an “unknowable will of God,” who could ever know that they were saved? If the offer of salvation is not extended to all, how can anyone know for sure? And if no one can know for sure, how can anyone believe what he does not know is a certainty?

Faith does not flow from uncertainties but from certainties.

Fortunately, Scripture is abundant with clear statements to the contrary—Christ did die
for all.

From the Book: “God has already Judged America” by Mike Petzer
You can buy this book on Amazon Kindle

 

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