Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Handmaid of the Lord

Whether you are a man or a woman, you must have the attitude of servitude - the spirit of a handmaid of the Lord. Mary said, "Let it be unto me according to your word." It is with this attitude that we can share Jesus with our world.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Jesus - King of kings

Jesus is the King of Kings!

   

Passionate pentecostal preaching by Joel Hitchcock. JESUS is the King of Kings! He is your king and will take care of you in every situation. He came as a man 2,000 years ago, and He came on the day of Pentecost. He came in judgment on Jerusalem in 70AD, and He will come again when we see him in the air. He also comes to us every day by his Holy Spirit. The King keeps coming! Are you ready to welcome and receive him...

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Joel Hitchcock Book - The Miracle Ministry, Signs and Wonders

Christianity is supernatural! God intended miracles to be normal for those who believe in a miracle working God. Joel Hitchcock's book, The Miracle Ministry, Signs and Wonders" is filled with pages and pages of insights and revelation from God's Word in miracles, signs and wonders. 
Order it today at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1548224499/ref=rdr_ext_tmb or go to Joel Hitchcock Books Store for other books by Joel Hitchcock. 

 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Giant Gospel Revival Tent

Tent for sale: (In some cases tent is available free for your Gospel event. Contact us for information.) 

For the tent's seating capacity, click here 

Click here for how to set up the tent manual

120 feet wide by 170 feet long by 40 feet high Gospel Tent is 20,400 square feet.
This is without the side walls.  The tent also has side walls.




20,000 square foot tent, 40 feet high, tent revival








Platform, sound



20,400 square feet

Side view





Other Items for sale:

862 strong and durable Samson chairs


862 chairs unpacked, ready for tent. Samsonite brand. Very strong and sturdy.


30 pulse start lights of 400 watt each, as recommended for television broadcast quality throughout the tent. (Not stage lighting)


Lights are mounted 30 feet high on 37' and 40' poles
Platform, trailer during an open air meeting

1,000 chairs, trailer, platform, tent poles without canvas to mount lights, for an open air healing meeting


Seating capacity calculations:

Tent has 20,400 square feet
Deduct 10% for platform and isles leaves 18,360 square feet left
Allow 6 square feet per chair - 3,060 seating capacity.
Larger altar area and wider aisles will reduce seating capacity.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The South African Revival and Awakening 1860

On December 31, 1855 Reverend Andrew Murray performed the wedding ceremony of my “Oupa Koen” who was my great, great grandfather on my grandmother’s side in Graaff Reinet, South Africa.

However, in my personal capacity as an evangelist, missionary and revivalist, my intrigue with Andrew Murray is his legacy of revival and great spiritual awakening. What happened in South Africa during his lifetime was connected to the mighty move of God that was happening simultaneously in the United States of America.

Andrew Murray was the son of a Scottish Presbyterian minister who settled in South Africa, learned Dutch, and devoted himself to God’s work there. Andrew followed in his father’s footsteps. One day Andrew concluded a worship service for the English-speaking congregation. He then went to the Dutch service, already in progress. On his way to the Dutch Reformed Church he realized that something wasn’t quite right. A loud noise came from the church. It sounded like a disorderly, confused conglomeration of voices.
History tells us he did “een drafstappje” (a fast paced walk) to the building to see what was happening. 

I can just imagine the dignified Rev. Murray speeding up to fix the problem! When he entered the building he found the place in apparent disorder. People were praying out loud at the same time. People were confessing their sin. Some were on the floor unable to deal with the strange conviction that had come upon them. A deep sense of guilt was upon many, and they were praying to God to forgive them and deliver them from that burden.
Rev. Murray tried to bring order to the place, but no one noticed him or cared to pay attention. He got a hold of JC de Vries, who had conducted the preliminaries. Outside he explained what had happened. Parishioners had been invited to suggest a song. One young lady in the back suggested one, and then asked if she could pray first. She then delivered a moving passionate prayer. Then it happened. 

First, someone began to sob. Then someone else began to ask for forgiveness, and the influence spread through the whole congregation until the combined voices formed a beautiful harmony of prayer and repentance.

Rev. Murray went back into the church. “People, I am your pastor. Listen to me, and be quiet,” he tried one more time. “God is a God of order, but here all is disorder!” With that he stomped out of the church.

But later on a stranger approached him. “Are you the pastor of this church?” he asked. Andrew affirmed that he was. The stranger continued, “Be careful what you do to these people today; for I have just returned from the United States, and the same things you are witnessing here are happening there also. The two don’t even know about each other.”
With that the convicting power of God also gripped Andrew Murray. He realized it was a work of God. For the next six weeks all Andrew could do was sit in the back of the church and weep. He would not preach. He just sat there and wept. Finally, after six weeks they carried him to the pulpit in his chair; and when he opened his mouth, it was as if words burning with divine fire proceeded from his lips.

The revival became a community-wide awakening as people became converted. The revival spread throughout the Eastern and Northern Cape to other towns such as Calvinia, Stellenbosch, Tulbagh, Ceres, Robertson and Paarl, and as far north as the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek, in the town of Hartebeestfontein.

Some came to the services with the intent of mocking the strange behavior of the worshipers, only to find themselves also seized with the same conviction. A common manifestation of the Holy Spirit’s working in the meetings was that people fell out under His power, or “fainted” as they put it in those days.

An example of that is the report about a godly woman Ms. Hessie Bosman. An eye witness said, “She attended, and was the third to engage in prayer that evening. While she was pouring out her heart, the whole meeting broke forth into prayer while she fell unconscious to the ground. I carried her out to the parsonage, where they were some time in bringing her round. That night she had to remain the guest of the parsonage, and next day she was herself again.” She later married Rev. McKidd, who set up the first foreign missionary station for the Dutch Reformed Church.

Initially Murray very much opposed such manifestations, but came to the conclusion that God was at work.
Such manifestations were not a proof of the validity of the revival, but were very real manifestations that happened as the Spirit moved upon people. The validity of the revival was rather found in the complete commitment to Christ that came about in the lives of those touched by the revival. Andrew Murray wrote “To my mind the most striking proof that we truly had the Holy Spirit among us in the late movement is to be seen what He is doing in stirring up in the hearts of believers a desire after a more entire surrender to Himself and His service.” [1]

The following is part of an eyewitness account by JC de Vries of what happened in that revival:
“On a certain Sunday evening there were gathered in a little hall some sixty young people. I was leader of the meeting, which commenced with a hymn and a lesson from God’s Word, after which I engaged in prayer. After three or four others had (as was customary) given out a verse of a hymn and offered prayer, a Colored girl of about fifteen years of age, in service of a farmer from Hex River, rose at the back of the hall and asked if she might propose a hymn. At first I hesitated, not knowing what the meeting would think, but better thoughts prevailed and I replied, Yes.

“She gave out her hymn-verse and prayed in moving tones. While she was praying, we heard as it were a sound in the distance, which came nearer and neared, until the hall seemed to be shaken, and with one or two exception, the whole meeting began to pray – the majority in audible voice, but some in whispers. Nevertheless, the noise made by the concourse was deafening.

“A feeling which I cannot describe took possession of me. Even now, forty-three years after these occurrences, the events of that never-to-be-forgotten night pass before my mind’s eye like a soul-stirring panorama. I feel again as I then felt, and cannot refrain from pushing my chair backwards and thanking the Lord fervently for his mighty deeds.

At that time Rev. A. Murray was minister of Worcester. He had preached that evening in the English language. When the service was over, an elder passed the door of the hall, heard the noise, peeped in, and then hastened to call Mr. Murray, returning presently with him. Mr. Murray came forward to the table where I knelt praying, touched me, and made me understand that he wanted me to rise. He then asked me what had happened. I related everything to him. He then walked down the hall for some distance and called out, as loudly as he could, People, silence! But the praying continued.

“In the meantime I too kneeled down again. It seemed to me that if the Lord was coming to bless us, I should not be upon my feet but on my knees. Mr. Murray then called again aloud, People I am your minister sent from God, silence! But there was no stopping the noise. No one heard him, but all continued praying and calling on God for mercy and pardon. Mr. Murray then returned to me, and told me to start the hymn-verse commencing ‘Help de ziel die raadloos schreit’ (Aid the soul that helpless cries.) I did so, but the emotions were not quieted, and the meeting went on praying. Mr. Murray then prepared to depart, saying, ‘God is a God of order, and here everything is confusion.’ With that, he left the hall.

“After that the prayer meetings were held every evening. At the commencement, there was generally great silence, but after the second or third prayer the whole hall was moved as before, and everyone fell to praying. Sometimes the gathering continued to three in the morning. And even then, many wished to remain longer, or returning homewards, went singing through the streets. The little hall was soon quite too small, and we were compelled to move to the school building, which also was presently full to overflowing, as scores and hundreds of country-folk streamed into the village.

“On the first Saturday evening in the larger meeting-house, Mr. Murray was the leader. He read a portion of Scripture, made a few observations on it, engaged in prayer, and then gave others the opportunity to pray. During the prayer which followed on his, I heard again the sound in the distance. I drew nearer and nearer, and suddenly the whole gathering was praying.

“That evening a stranger had been standing at the door from the commencement, watching the proceedings. Mr. Murray descended from the platform and moved up and down among the people, trying to quiet them. The stranger then tiptoed forwards from his position at the door, touched Mr. Murray gently, and said in English: ‘I think you are the minister of this congregation. Be careful what you do, for it is the Spirit of God that is at work here. I have just come from America, and this is precisely what I witnessed there’.” [2]

It was then that Andrew Murray became convicted by the Holy Spirit, and as we have already related – he then then became its most fervent supporter. Today Andrew Murray’s books are still read all over the world. I pray that this little book will serve to wet your appetite for another mighty move of God such as this.



[1] Olea Nell, South Africa's forgotten revival: The story of the Cape's Great Awakening in 1860, (Xulon Press)

[2] Olea Nell, South Africa's forgotten revival: The story of the Cape's Great Awakening in 1860, (Xulon Press)

For similar stories, and to purchase Joel Hitchcock's complete book on Revival and Great Awakening, (Young Fire - End Time Youth Revivalists for the Great Awakening) go to https://joelhitchcock.blogspot.com/p/products.html


Monday, June 12, 2017

Jan van Riebeeck's Prayer for South Africa (with Afrikaans version)


(Scroll down for Afrikaans version)

When Jan van Riebeek landed at the Cape on April 6, 1652 with the Dromodaris, the Reiger and Goede Hoop, he brought with him the seed of the Christian Faith, which is reflected by his dramatic prayer which he praye for South Africa's future. It is no wonder that this land would be blessed with other commitments to God and Christian Renewal, such as the Voortrekker' desire (e.g. Piet Retief,) to take the Gospel with them to the native population when they set out on their Great Trek, the Vow made at Blood River in 1838, the labors of Rev. Daniel Lindley among the Voortrekkers and Zulus, the revival under Rev. Andrew Murray, the Vow made at Paarekraal, and the great spiritual renewal during Dr. John G Lake's ministry in 1908. 

Here is that prayer: 

"O Gracious and Most Merciful God and Heavenly Father, in Your Divine Majesty You have Saved us and called us to guide the affairs of the Dutch East India Company in this place, and to this end we are gathered here together in Your Name. 

May the decisions we take further maintain justice and, among these wild and uncivilised people, may Your true and perfect Christian teachings be established and spread, to the honour and praise of Your Holy Name and the prosperity of our God Almighty, without whose merciful help we are powerless. 

Therefore we pray to You, Most Merciful Father, and ask that  You will stand by and support us with your Fatherly wisdom and understanding and preside over our gatherings; lift our hearts that all wrong passions, misunderstanding and bestial lusts be removed from us and cleanse our hearts; and so fix our minds that in our actions no other principles or motives are apparent other than the magnification and honor of Your most Holy Name so that we may best serve our Lord and Master, without in any way acting for our own advantage or taking into account personal gain, to which end we will carry out our orders and so earn a worthy blessing. 

We pray and ask this in the Name of Your Beloved Son, our Master and Saviour Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray, 'Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name..."

Afrikaanse Weergawe: 

Toe Jan van Riebeeck op 6 April 1652 in die Kaap geland het met die Dromodaris, Reiger en Goede Hoop, het hy daarmee saam die saad van die Christelike geloof gebring, soos weerspiel word in 'n dramatiese gebed wat hy oor Suid Afrika se toekoms bid. Dis geen wonder dat hierdie land so geseen sou wees met ander geloftes en Christelike vernuwing, soos van die Voortrekkers se begeerte (bv. Piet Retief) om die evangelie saam met hulle Groot Trek na die inboorlinge toe te neem, die Bloedrivier Gelofte van 1838, Ds. Daniel Lindley se werk onder die Voortrekkers en Zoeloes, die herlewing onder Ds. Andrew Murray, die Paardekraal Gelofte en die groot na-oorlogse Gees vernuwing gedurende Dr. John G Lake se bediening in 1908. 

Hier is daardie gebed: 

Barmhartige, genadige God en hemelse Vader, volgens u Goddelike wil is ons geroep om die sake van die Verenigde Nederlands Geoktrooieerde Oos- Indiese Kompanjie hier aan die Kaap die Goeie Hoop te bestuur. Met hierdie doel voor oë is ons met ons Raad in u heilige Naam vergader om met die Raad se advies sodanige besluite te neem waarmee ons die Kompanjie se belange die beste kan bevorder. Ons is hier om die wet te handhaaf en om, as dit moontlik is, onder hierdie wilde en onbeskaafde mense u ware gereformeerde Christelike leer voort te plant en bekend te maak tot lof van u heilige Naam en tot voordeel van die wat oor ons regeer. Hiertoe is ons sonder u genadige hulp allermins in staat.

Daarom bid ons U, Allerhoogste Vader, dat U met u vaderlike wysheid by ons sal bly. Ons bid dat U self leiding in ons vergadering sal gee en ons harte so verlig dat alle verkeerde hartstogte, tweedrag en ander dergelike gebreke van ons geweer sal word sodat ons harte van alle menslike hartstogte skoon sal wees. Laat ons gemoedere so ingestem wees dat ons in ons beraadslaging niks anders beplan of besluit nie as dit wat mag strek tot grootmaking en lof van u allerheiligste Naam en tot diens van die wat oor ons regeer. 

Laat ons nie in water mate ook al op eie voordeel of winsbejag let nie, maar net op die uitvoering van ons opdragte en dit wat vir ons saligheid nodig is. 

Ons bid en vra dit in die Naam van u geliefde Seun, ons Heiland en Saligmaker, Jesus Christus ... wat ons leer bid het: Ons Vader wat in die hemel is, ... Amen"

Monday, June 5, 2017

Miracles and the Supernatural will continue Until Jesus Comes

The Bible doesn’t give us the slightest hint that miracles would cease before the coming of the perfect eternity that awaits the children of God. Only when that perfect eternity comes—when we see Jesus face to face, miracles will cease because they will simply no longer be needed:

...”But whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.... when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away...” (1 Corinthians 13:8, 10)

I have heard some of the most absurd teachings against the miraculous by Christian theologians. Let me run a few by you, which I’m sure you might have heard of already. Some say: Miracles were really nothing but fanciful myths, Miracles are not for today… Miracles were only to be performed by the apostles and early preachers of the Gospel… Miracles were only for the Church to get started… Miracles ceased when the last apostle died… God replaced the need for miracles with medical science… Since the canon of the Bible was completed, miracles ceased…

We should always build our belief on the Word of God—not on man’s musings. There is no Scriptural affirmation to these arguments. I’m sure there are other similar arguments and it would take a whole book and more to try to address them all. I would rather contend for the miraculous than trying to refute every argument against it. However, I will touch on a few things here.

The miracles of the Bible are not myths. A myth is a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation, esp. one that is concerned with deities or demigods and explains some practice, rite or phenomenon of nature. It is also defined as an invented story, idea or concept. These definitions are a far cry from the real miracles that happened in Bible times. I think it will help us if we stay true to the literal interpretation of the Bible. All scripture should be interpreted literally, unless in its context it is obvious that God was using figurative language. 

Every miracle in the Bible really and literally happened.
To say that miracles are not for today is to deny the sovereignty our Lord Jesus. 

Who are we to suggest that the Almighty God may no longer do the miraculous? In God’s sovereignty, He can do anything at any time and does not need the theologian’s endorsement to do so.

Also, to say that miracles are not for today may be contrary to the eternal truth that God never changes. Hebrews 13:8 says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. The Scriptures teach that apart from His recorded miracles, Jesus performed so many miracles that if we were to record them all, not even all the books in the world could have contained them (John 21:25.) 

If Jesus is indeed alive today, as Christians know and believe, He has not changed. If He has not changed, He is still actively working His works in and through His Body—the Church. The Miracles are not for today argument is not valid.
Again, the notions that “Miracles were only to be performed by the apostles and early preachers of the Gospel.” “Miracles were only for the Church to get started.” and “Miracles ceased to happen when the last apostle died in 100 A.D.” have no Scriptural support whatsoever. Not even once does the Bible imply that miracles were only for the apostles and early preachers of the Gospel. 

And, of course, God used miracles as the medium to induce the incredible growth of the early Church, and it worked. Within a short time, the whole known world was evangelized by the preaching of the Word—with signs following. A certain religion experienced tremendous growth, but it was done so by the sword and by forceful conversions. Even today its growth is maintained by the same methods, and her preachers try to advance their religion by trying to negate Christ and His real death and resurrection. 

It does not seem to have an inherent power that compels the hearer to conversion such as the message of the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ does. The message of Jesus Christ had an inherent power within itself that compelled those who heard it to receive it or violently reject it. And accompanied by the miracle ministry of signs and wonders it spread like wild fire. Yes indeed, miracles served to induce the growth of the early church.

If miracle signs and wonders were then necessary for the birth and growth of the early church doesn’t it make sense that it is still needed today? Is it not especially necessary in these challenging times to both maintain and promote the Gospel? Shouldn’t miracles, signs and wonders still continue to confirm our message in this generation that the Jesus we preach is still alive, and that He is the Son of God?

And if it was true that the medical field has taken the place of the miraculous, why then are there still so many sick people in this world? Shouldn’t we continue to take His healing power to them?

I would like to especially address a view that is very popular in the anti-miracle camp—that miracles ceased when the Canon of the Bible was completed. The scripture used very widely to try to substantiate this theory is:

“... But whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.... when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away...” (1 Corinthians 13:8, 10)

Many of those who hold this belief have been some of the Christianity’s greatest thinkers, and I cannot help but admire their knowledge. Yet I think that even some of the greatest, brightest and most talented theologians of our day and of times past, may have violated their own rules of Biblical hermeneutics (the methodology of interpreting the Scriptures.) 

And while I disagree with them, I do so humbly and reverently, knowing they are my brothers and that they are often exemplary servants of God and students of Scripture.
Could it be that we have built on a faulty foundational thesis when it comes to this teaching? 

This teaching holds that tongues, prophecy, and all the miraculous gifts were done away with when the final book of the Bible was written. The argument is that these supernatural elements of Christianity would cease when the Bible, which they say is “that which is perfect,” is come. So, since the Bible was completed, we no longer need the miraculous. 

But there is no hint whatsoever that the Bible is “that which is perfect.” Everything else about God is perfect—such as the Old Testament law (Psalm19:7,) His love, His Son, His death and resurrection, etc. However, let’s suppose for a moment that “that which is perfect” is in fact the finalized Bible. Then may I ask a simple question: Are we then not to believe and actively live what’s in it? Like the parts about the supernatural? What’s the use of having a finalized Bible, but shying away from its contents?

But it is not the finalized Bible that is “that which is perfect” in this context. What is it then? The answer is obvious—not just a matter of interpretation. A simple rule of hermeneutics is that we should always read the Bible in context. The Bible is not hard to understand. God gave us the Word so that the common person could understand it. God, who is so eager for all to be saved, would not have given us a Book of Instructions so hard to understand that the common man cannot understand it. (The Bible should always be taken literally, except the portions that are obviously figurative.)

When we read the Bible in context, we can plainly see what the writer meant. Looking at this Scripture in context, what then is “that which is perfect?” One need only to read the next two verses: “That which is perfect” is when we see Jesus face to face (verse 12.) That’s why we won’t need miracles or the like—because in heaven there is no need for them in our glorified, resurrected bodies! A little later the apostle Paul writes about how perfect it will be in the end, about the resurrection from the dead, about death being swallowed up in victory and about mortality putting on immortality. 

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed, in a moment, In the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Cor. 15: 51-55.)

“When that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” No more need for prophecy, for we will see the Lord face to face. No more need for tongues, or for miraculous words of knowledge, for there is no need for it then. No more need for the gifts of healings, or faith or miracles—for there shall be none sick there, and all will be perfect and complete.

If the miraculous really was to end after we received the Bible, the apostle Paul would have been more clear about it. Not once does 1 Corinthians 13 hint that the miraculous would end when the canon would be finalized. 
“Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29.) 

When there is a deficiency in either of these two elements—knowing the Scriptures and the power of God, error is prone to enter.

The Greek word for perfect as in “when that which is perfect is come” (1 Corinthians 13:10) is teleion (from the root word telos.) The HELPS Word-studies says that it means “consummated goal.” 

This is why the NIV translates it as, “…when completeness comes”, and the GWT translates it as “…when what is complete comes, then what is incomplete will no longer be used…” and the WNT translates it as “…when the perfect state of things come, all that is imperfect will be brought to an end”. 

What is that “consummated goal?” The Bible itself uses the same word in chapter 15:24, where it refers to “…the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power” (1 Corinthians 15:24.)

The end, or the consummated goal is not the finalization of the Bible, the Canon. It is the penultimate moment, when the Son hands over the Kingdom to God. What this ultimate moment actually means is another message for another day, but for our study today we see that the perfect of 1 Corinthians 13:10 is this moment, this ultimate moment, or the consummated goal of 1 Corinthians 15:24: It is when we see Jesus face to face, it is when death will be swallowed up in victory, and it is when the Son hands over the Kingdom to the Father.

This article was taken from Joel Hitchcock's book, "Miracles for the Multitudes." It will be available soon at https://joelhitchcock.blogspot.com/p/products.html , where you can browse other products by Joel Hitchcock.