Sid: I’ve got a couple that’s red hot for the Messiah and I am so pleased that they are heading up our Russian Jewish evangelistic outreach literally throughout the world. We’ve started with a half hour secular radio station on Russian radio in the land of Israel. No compromise they’re able to preach the full gospel. We also have this now because there’s so many Russian Jew that have moved to Germany; secular radio in Germany. We’re looking into starting this as soon as the fall funds come in throughout various cities in the former Soviet Union because what happens is that at the end of the broadcast they get the Russian version of the book God told me to write called “They Thought for Themselves” 10 Jewish testimonies of Jewish people from 10 different walks of life that have come to the conclusion Jesus is the Messiah. And the stories are so fascinating Jewish people will have to read the entire book. And as they read it they get the scriptures for the first time; the truth for the first time to show that Jesus is the Messiah. Because we’re in the period of time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur where Jewish people praying and fasting before God that our name be in the Book of Life. What better time to be than now to be praying for the salvation of Jewish people… Gennady you were attracted to the Messiah because of the supernatural; you came to the Messiah because you supernaturally had visions. You heard the voice of God and then you went to a Benny Hinn meeting and he prayed for you and something very wonderful happened. Tell me about it.
Gennady: In ’92 it was in Tulsa, Oklahoma he had Benny Hinn had a crusade in Tulsa at the Navy Center. My wife and I we were there both and first meeting was packed of course Thursday night. Friday morning we were able to get lower seats closer to the stage and all of a sudden Benny said “Everyone who is in the ministry I want you to run to the stage I’ll pray.” I don’t know how I got there but I was first. (Laughing) I was first there and there was a big line up there not one but many and he came to me. I was the first one in the line and he looked into my eyes. I thought that he was going to tell me something and he didn’t say anything. He said “Are you ready?” And I said “Yes, I’m ready and he touched my forehead and I went on the floor.” Nothing really spectacular happened there I didn’t you know see anything spectacular but when we came back to New York having Bible studies in my house there I begin to experience something that I never saw before. I begin to pray for people and they begin to fall but another thing that I begin to experience is when I came back home; my prayer life was changed Sid. All of a sudden I began to feel that God began to draw me into His presence and I would go and pray and I would feel uncontrollable presence like you know a cloud over me hanging. I never, never felt that before and that would continue for hours. Even sometimes days it just like now I understand that I was completely walking in the presence of God in those days. God was doing something in my life because I was introduced to the supernatural when I came to the Lord but you know when I began to grow up as a believer unfortunately…
Sid: You got religious, tell the truth.
Gennady: Yes unfortunately I didn’t go deep into the scriptures to believe that God could use me in the supernatural. I know that God can do supernatural but not through me. I didn’t have enough faith; I was certainly like a religious person, but then when Benny prayed for me things has changed and I begin to feel like the urgency, the power was going through me and also the power of God. And when I begin to see these things happening later in my ministry when I would travel across Canada and the United States very often I would begin to see almost at every meeting I would see healing, miracles happening in my meetings.
Sid: Tell me one.
Gennady: Oh there’s different things I mean there was a lady at one meeting she had fibromyalgia for 20 years. I remember that I asked people to come up front there and I prayed. I didn’t even lay hands on them, I just prayed from the distance and you know like I’d swing my hand, I just felt to do that way. And of course everybody just fell backwards and she said “Right away she jumped out and she said “That’s it I’m healed, I’m healed” because she was suffering with fibromyalgia for over 20 years and the constant pain in her right arm and shoulder it was unbearable. A different healings, different things eyes, jaw, teeth, hands, feet.
Sid: You also started having prophetic dreams.
Gennady: Yes that began to be happening later, especially with my wife. My wife she begin to experience that God begins to speak to her. And I have a word for these people, I have a word for that person. And I began to realize that it was not the word of knowledge alone it was the prophetic word. And I said “Lord what are You doing, what’s happening?” I was so exciting about my ministry. God had spoken to us to move to Montreal to start a Russian Messianic Congregation Russian in Montreal. Sid you should see, every Friday night every Shabbat we saw a salvation, not one a few and healings they were left and right.
Sid: You know Gennady I see you, and I can see this and this is all brand new of course this Russian radio that we’re doing it’s totally evangelistic in Israel and Germany and by faith throughout the entire former Soviet Union and the United States. Because these Russian Jews are the most open in the world and as you begin to proclaiming what God has done through your ministry of healing and explaining healing from the scriptures I believe that we are going to see more Russian Jews physically healed that people, it will be the hottest show on the air.
Gennady: I believe so especially Jewish people they require a sign. And I know that that’s how God is leading me right now.
Sid: Okay, I believe and I’ll tell you how God is leading me right this second; there are people that are saying “God I would like You to touch me, I would like You to use me.” And we’re coming into a time in history Mishpochah where you’re going to get out of the seats, out of the church building and go in the highways and byways.
Sid: And you will walk in the same power you read about in the Bible, do not settle for anything short of that. And Gennady I want you and to agree in prayer right now for those that are hungering and thirsting for the same experience that you had, the same power that radiates through you. I want you to pray for everyone listening right now.
Gennady: Father in the Name of Jesus our Messiah, Lord and Savior we just thank you for the listeners right now and we just pray for everyone who has or now having that desire that fiery desire in their hearts to serve God, to see the power of God moving. We don’t want to see the God of Israel in past, we want to see the God of Israel today. What God has done in the wilderness He can do today in America, in Europe, and all over the world. And Father I just pray that you’ll throw Your fire right now, in the name of Yeshua Jesus, our Messiah. And everyone who is listening will catch that fire and go with that fire forward to be used by God and they’ll be the happiest people on earth in Yeshua’s Name I pray and thank You.
Sid: Now the voice that you just heard, Gennady and then during this week his wife Svetlana, both of them it’s the “Gennady and Svetlana Show at the Microphone.” And Messianic Vision has pioneered this evangelistic radio in Russian offering the Russian Version of my book with power and signs and wonders and I am so excited about this open door that God has just knitted, when we met so many years ago who would have known Gennady that the 3 of us would be working again in partnership to reach multitudes of Jewish people. But we are now in the 10 days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in which Jewish people are going to the synagogue and they’re praying and they’re fasting and they’re saying “May their name be written in the book of life.” And most of them don’t even believe that there is a personal God. Most of them they don’t know what they believe and the occult is not shy, the New Age people are not shy. They’re going to these Jewish people and it’s about time that we go to these Jewish people. We have the army, we have the power, we have the real God. And there’s a Jewish person that God Himself has had cross your path; now what are you going to do about it?
Sid: Now my guest his name is Tommy Almonte and he’s already starting off by provoking me to jealousy. I said “Tommy did the Holy Spirit tell you what He wants you to emphasis this week on the radio?” And Tommy said to me “Yes, He wants you to know how simple it is to have a relationship with Him and to know Him. My guest Tommy Almonte; I’m speaking to him at his home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Now Tommy was born in the Dominican Republic. His Mom was an Assistant Pastor at a Assembly of God Church and as a young boy he saw miracles taking place. Give me an example Tommy of one miracle that had an impact on you.
Tommy: Sid I remember one of those services that we used to have once a month and people would come from the area just to come for healing. And people would come and this man in particular he was limping out of one leg and he was I believe it was his left leg it was shorter by maybe 2 or 3 inches. And as this person was walking down the aisle every eye was on him and the pastor that was praying prayed for him, And as he was praying for him his leg right in front of everyone was growing; and as you can imagine…
Sid: Well, how was he able to walk with one leg so much shorter than the other?
Tommy: You know he had he couldn’t afford to buy the shoes that he needed but they created and put a piece of wood on the end of the shoes that he could at lease walk without having being incapacitated by this shortness of his leg. But he was just watching that Sid and seeing the power of God.
Sid: You mean that while he was walking you saw his leg grow out?
Tommy: It was growing and this man…
Sid: Well, how did he do that I mean if one leg had a shoe that had something improvised on it; did he have to take his shoe off to walk right?
Tommy: He took it off once he saw what was taking place that he and in his mind you know in a way he still was believing that he had the limp. But once his mind caught up with what took place in the physical then he realized that “Key I don’t have that anymore.” He took the shoes off and I remember he was running out from the church.
Tommy: And I remember him running from the church and just people watching the power of God just in way that you cannot deny it.
Sid: Now when you were nine years of age you had really your first major encounter with the Holy Spirit in which you had a dream in which the Holy Spirit showed you details concerning each member of your family. Were you shocked about this dream; were they shocked about this dream?
Tommy: Well, you know as a young boy even though I grew up in the church not having a relationship with the Holy Spirit when you have a dream or you know that it’s from God there’s something inside of you that says “This is from God.” So I remember going to my Mom and saying “Mom, you know I had this dream and I need to share this with you.” And she said “You know you need to share this with the rest of the family this is something that is from God.” And I did and it literally changed our family; it not only changed our family at that time but today were living every sort from that dream that I had when I was just a young boy.
Sid: So it birthed a vision in the whole family in other words.
Tommy: Yeah, and I believe Sid that it was a way of reminding my parents at that time through me as the Lord gave me that dream reminding them that God had a plan for our family. And for them that dream it was it was a conformation to move forward even though it didn’t make any sense in the physical but to move forward because God had a plan for a family.
Sid: And you as a family did move to the United States to Michigan when you were 10 years of age. But then when you were a teenager a close friend of yours who you knew from the Dominican Republic he committed suicide.
Tommy: Sid that was one of the most tragic experiences that I have experienced in my life. You know as a teenager having to lose someone so close to you and I was moving in a way in a direction that was…even though I was going to church as a teenager but my heart was away from God and I didn’t want to do anything with God.
Sid: So as a result of your friends tragic suicide did you blame God?
Tommy: I did and it’s something we do all the time huh, but I did. My first reaction was “How can a God..” you know that my parents always said to me when I was growing up. “He’s a loving God; how can a loving God allow this to happen?” What I did is I was away out of the house and I was attending college and I was free to make my own decisions. And I made a decision it was to walk away from God as far as I could; that was my decision that I made.
Sid: But now you knew too much, and besides that you had praying parents. I bet you were very uncomfortable even though you walked away from God.
Tommy: You know it’s funny you mention that even though I was away from God in my mind I wanted to do anything and everything that could make Him angry as possible with me so that He didn’t want to do anything with me. In my mind I wanted to commit the worst sin.
Sid: My goodness you were acting as crazy as the one who took your friends life; that’s the devil but go ahead.
Tommy: Something inside of me I wanted to go as far as possible from God but even though that I was out there and I was going as far as possible. And so in my mind I was going away from God something inside of me and now I know it was the voice of the Holy Spirit constantly remind me that you are not where you are supposed to be. Even though I was out there I was not enjoying life. Yes when I was with my friends I would fake it and pretend that I was enjoying what I was doing. But when I was alone and no one else was watching there was that sense of loss inside of me and that sense of “I’m in a place where I don’t belong and not knowing where to go that was the only place that I knew you know.
Sid: Well, one day you decided to make a deal with God; why?
Tommy: You know I came to a place where I was not satisfied going to church and I didn’t want to do anything with God but I was not satisfied away from church. And I found myself in a place where I was dying by the second. And here my parents would remind me daily that “God is a loving God.” But He’s a God that I didn’t know even though I grew up in the church. And I knew that there’s a God and He sent His Son but I didn’t know Him and not knowing Him; I was not willing to give my life and to pursue Him. But even though that I was sinning and doing everything that I wanted I came to that place and it was a place that I said “I would rather die then living a life where I’m not satisfied; I’m not enjoying sinning and I’m not enjoying going to church.”
Sid: You were living in between two worlds and frustrated totally.
Tommy: Yes, yeah totally and I made a deal with God I laugh now because I remember I said to God I said “I’m going to give You one chance. I’m going to pursue You with all I have and if I don’t find You then You have to remove this feeling inside of me that just keep reminding me that I’m not doing what I’m supposed to be doing. And so I made that deal you know but in the back of my mind Sid I wanted…I made that deal thinking that it wasn’t going to work; in the back of my mind I knew that I wasn’t going to find this God He’s somewhere out there and He’s not interested in having a relationship with me.
Sid: So what did you do to honor your part even though you thought God would not honor His? What were you doing to pursue God?
Tommy: It was funny because the first thing He said to me was “Okay, if you are going to give me a chance your going to have to do it my way. (Laughing) And He said “I want you to give Me one day of your week completely from the beginning of the day until the end of the day. I want you to give Me that day where you are going to walk to my presence; you are going to go away from everything else and you are going to lock yourself into a room for one day. And I don’t want you to go in there thinking “I don’t want you to ask me for anything, I don’t want you to pray for anybody else I just want you to go there.” I thought that that was just crazy I was like “What am I going to do for…
Sid: I was wondering what in the world do you do for a full day if you don’t ask for anything, you don’t pray what are you going to do?
Tommy: That’s the same thing that crossed my mind; what am I going to do a whole day locked in a room; am I losing my mind you know. But I did it because I wanted to prove to myself that there is no way that I can establish a relationship with God and I was going to do everything just so I could walk away from this in between this two world that I was living. And I was willing to do do anything.
Sid: Now, what day did you pick?
Tommy: Saturday, my only day to do it was Saturday.
Sid: Now you realize that that’s the day that Jewish people pick to spend time with God; it’s called the Sabbath.
Tommy: You know even though I knew that but I didn’t know that.
Tommy: He asked me that and I didn’t know that you know but I remember getting up and the funny thing is that He would wake me up at 5:00 in the morning and say “It’s Saturday get up.” And I would go in that room.
Sid: You didn’t roller over you actually got up?
Tommy: You know what, the honestly I would crawl into that room because I was not used to get up at 5:00 in the morning.
Sid: Tommy, listen Mishpochah come on back because he’s going to so provoke you to jealousy; and what’s even better you then can provoke other people to jealousy.
SID: Hello. Welcome. Welcome to my world where it’s naturally supernatural. I’m so excited about our show because some 30 years ago, there was a problem that pervaded believers. It was called legalism. But you know what humans do? They rebel and they go from legalism to something new, which is called hyper grace. The grace message is wonderful, but the hyper grace message, I believe could be the End Time deception that will cause millions of people to fall away from God. You know, my guest Dr. Michael Brown and I go back some 30 years, and I don’t know a finer scholar in the world, on the planet. Dr. Brown has a degree from New York University in Semitic Languages. He speaks, reads and writes at least a dozen languages, memorized a great deal of the Old Testament in Hebrew. Dr. Brown, why are you talking all over the world about this hyper grace message that seems to be everywhere I see on television? I do know if anyone understands true biblical grace it’s you. I do know because he’s a Jewish believer in Jesus and I am, too. And as Jewish believers in Jesus, one of the greatest examples of grace is what happened to me when I found the Lord. I mean, I was just, like the Bible says, “A new creation.” How bad were you before you found the Lord?
DR. BROWN: Well I was a heroin-shooting, LSD-using, diesel gas-huffing, rebellious, proud 16-year-old hippie rock drummer, even stealing money from my own father, and thinking I was doing great, proud of my wickedness when God saved me in 1971, the end of 1971. And Sid, it was literal transformation. And the thing that really set me free, God had convicted me of my sin and making me feel miserable, showing me what a wretch I was and in opening my eyes to my real condition. And the night I realized how good He was, December 17th of 1971, just singing these little hymns, very different than my old rock music, these little ditty hymns, I got this incredible joy I had never known before, and I realized this is different than drugs, this is different than sports, this is different from relationships. This is the joy of the Lord. And it struck me, God loved me enough to wash me clean while I was in filthy. It says in Romans 5, “When we were yet sinners, Messiah died for us.” And here I got this mental picture I was covered in filth and grime, and Jesus washed me with his blood and put these beautiful white robes on me. And I was going back out and playing in the mud. And I said, that’s it, I will never put a needle in my arm again. And that was it, from that night on, set free by the power of God. And then I saw this internal change where I wanted to please God. I wanted to do right. It was now my nature to please him. So grace did this amazing thing. In a moment of time, I went from totally guilty to totally righteous in God’s sight. In a moment of time, I went from being a child of the devil to being a child of God. And it wasn’t based on how many good works I accomplished. It was based on receiving God’s goodness in my life. That’s the transforming power of grace. And because I love grace so much, I love pure true grace, I’m grieved over the distortions I see.
SID: Okay. What is, there’s a term that you use and you speak about it all over the world, hyper grace. What is that?
DR. BROWN: Hyper grace is exaggerated grace. People say, oh you can never exaggerate grace. Of course, you can. It’s grace with addition. It’s grace going beyond what the word says. It’s grace where you have to cut out whole portions of scripture. It is a mixture. It is polluted and distorted grace. Now here’s the thing. I don’t call it counterfeit grace because there’s a wonderful truth that many so called grace preachers are bringing, and that truth is liberating people. It’s setting them free from guilt and condemnation, and legalism. They realize they’re accepted because of what Jesus did and they’re free. There’s a wonderful truth, but it’s preached with addition, with distortion, with exaggeration. So there’s poison with it.
SID: What are you hearing around the world from this hyper grace message?
DR. BROWN: Well I’m seeing such reaction against holiness, such reaction against hunger and thirst for God, because that’s “doing” something. We don’t have to do anything. We just rest. Jesus has done it all. The finished work of the cross means there’s nothing left for me to do. So they preach against repentance. They preach against conviction of sin. They preach against the need to confess our sins. They preach against real accountability in your own life. That’s just legalism. That’s just commandments. You’re a grace hater, you’re a law preacher. You’re a Pharisee. That’s all [unintelligible]. So I see division. I see spiritual deception. I see people letting sin in their lives. Now here’s what’s interesting. The leading grace preachers, they will all say this is not a license to sin. They will all say grace empowers you not to sin. The problem is the other things they preach with it, the additions, the distortions, the mixture, the poison, it does give people license to sin and it takes away the dealings of God in our lives.
SID: Here’s the sad thing. Many people that were walking in true purity, in true holiness, as they get exposed to this message they, that’s all the devil needs, and they start doing things they would never have done before, and before you know it, they’re in absolute sin. And guess what? They don’t even feel the need to repent. We’ll be right back.
Sid: My guest is Norvel Hayes one of the generals of the faith; I told one man today because he says every time I look at what I was before what I was before I became a believer in Jesus I get sad because I did all these things. I said, “I’ve got some news for you, take that entire testimony put it in a metal trash can and burn it and thank God that person doesn’t exist anymore.” And that’s a word for someone that’s listening to us right now. But I have followed your career for many years as a baby believer you were on the Full Gospel Businessman’s Circuit Norvel and so I heard you a lot and if I had gotten to know you there was a question that I wanted I didn’t even know that you even had a book on it. The question that I wanted to ask you is you told me that you did tell me you said publicly because I didn’t know you personally; that you had 14 businesses. Some of them were million dollar businesses and God was the best businessman in the world because He would tell you what to do; He would tell you what to invest in. And what I found out was that you understood worship. You had a revelation of worship and I wanted to know it; I didn’t realize that you had a book on the subject. How did you even know that worship was so important, but did God give you a revelation that worship was so important?
Norvel: Yeah 3 times Sid in 20 years God manifested Himself to me about the lack of worship that was going on in churches. He said “When I look at my church I’m sad that their lacking because people don’t worship me enough and when they don’t worship me enough they don’t live the abundant life; you can’t have abundant life if you don’t worshiping Me.” Three times in 20 years He talked to me about the lack of worship in the church. Well, I’m in LA Sid and the guy that Pastors the Eagle’s Nest Church in LA he invited me to come and stay 3 days to teach on worship so I went. And I taught on worship twice on Sunday morning, the first church on Sunday morning I taught and then they gave a break. And I had another service and they started up the second service and a man he didn’t know what I spoke on the first service; he gave a prophesy out loud and strong about the importance of worship and God really got a hold of me through that prophesy and so I sat down and I started writing that book, I said “I got to write the book.”
Sid: That’s the book we’re offering called “A Worship.” Norvel you have a handle on it that this generation does not understand; you have a handle on faith that this generation does not understand; teach me this was a question that I wanted to ask you 40 years ago. So I’ll ask you now it’s a little late “How do you worship?” What do you do normally when you worship not necessarily how long but what do you do? He’s raising his hands to God and he’s closing his eyes.
Norvel: Heavenly Father, I come to you and I worship You and I bless Your Holy Name, thank You Lord and I love You Jesus. Thank You Lord and what You’ve done for me Jesus; I want my life to count for You. Lord I want you to let me go where you want me to go; I want You to do what You what You want me to do; I want You to show me know. I worship You Jesus and I praise that wonderful Name and I praise the good Name of the Lord. And Sid I love the book of Psalms because it’s a lot of worship goes on in song.
Sid: By the way the anointing just upped when you were worshiping God to demonstrate because you were not demonstrating you were really worshiping God. I could feel a tangible presence of God increase; go ahead.
Norvel: And so I wrote that book on worship 3 times; after 3 times in 20 years He dealt with me the lack of worship, the lack of what people are receiving from Him. And I said “Well, Lord…” He said “I want you to teach My people how to talk.” I said “I go to a lot of places what do you want me to talk about?” He said “I’m not talking about that, I’m talking to the mountains and worshiping Me and talking to the mountains and making them disappear from you and worshiping Me and worshiping Me and the lack of worship cuts people’s benefits off they can’t get as much for what they want from me if they don’t worship Me. You got to put first things first the first commandment is worshiping Me loving Me with all their heart, mind and soul, and then the second commandment if you’ll notice is the scripture that is as great as the first. And that’s about loving your neighbor as yourself and poor people is your neighbors and God wants you to help them and if you’ll help them.” I started helping them about 30 years ago Sid and He said “He that feedeth the poor I will restore his health to him speedily. I will restore his health to him speedily if he feeds the poor.” About 35 years ago I started feeding the poor and I’ve been feeding the poor ever since every day; tomorrow I’ve been feeding the poor hundreds of them and God will bless you; God will bless anybody who feedeth the poor.
Sid: I’m curious I know but you have to raise a lot of money you have a home for unwed-mothers, you help the needy, you gave up a lot of your businesses because God wanted you to concentrate on the ministry. Do you use high pressure techniques to raise money, candidly between you and me.
Sid: How do you raise money is it difficult you have a big budget.
Norvel: God does it for my kids it will startle you if I tell you.
Sid: Tell me.
Norvel: Just a few days ago I won’t tell you where or when I won’t tell you the Pastors name. I spoke to a little church I love that pastor and I speak for him every year and usually twice a year he wants me to come. He has about 40, 50, 60 people and I spoke forth the other night and just a few days ago. He toke up an offering for my ministry I got through speaking plus he’s a businessman in that church wrote me a check for 50 thousand dollars plus the offering speaking to 40 or 50 people.
Sid: Are you telling me that you don’t have to use high pressure manipulative things.
Norvel: No no you don’t.
Sid: Your telling me you have to do two things you have to worship God and you have to help people that need financial help.
Norvel: And if you want to be successful in businesses; I made Jesus my business partner. I’d walk to and fro from my office and I’d tell Jesus during the day “You’re the best business partner that I’ve ever had, You’re the best business partner I’ve ever had; thank you Lord for being my business partner.” Then when He sees that you’ll feed the poor and you’ll help little kids out. I go to the city dump with my Cadillac car and tailor made suit and everything making several thousand a week. Every time I’d go the devil would say “You are crazy, what are you doing over here this is not your class of people you shouldn’t come over here.” See I knew that God wanted me to do it. And the garbage trucks would come into the city dump and little kids out there that their daddy’s left the mothers got 3 or 4 little kids and they all sleep under a tree. And the big garbage truck comes in a lot of dump trucks and they dump it out like this. And the little kids got a stick about that long and they go out there barefooted and they start moving stuff that come out of the garbage truck.
Sid: So they’re searching through the garbage because they’re starving. That has to break your heart but it has to also break God’s heart.
Norvel: The average American person that’s listening to us are in this country Sid they have no earthly idea how many American people, and I’m not talking about overseas, American people starve to death last year.
Sid: Your right we’re in a little bubble. You know like you said, someone your level doesn’t go to the garbage dump to see people that are struggling to get garbage to eat and so we’re almost like ostriches. We want to see no evil, hear no evil, taste no evil, smell no evil.
Norvel: That’s exactly right, if people would worship God and help feed the poor and stuff I’m 86 years old and I have a certain doctor that still makes house calls; him and 5 other doctors they examine me usually every year. Examine me for free they just want to do it and they examine me; they say I’ve never seen anybody like you in my life; and he says they call me all the time and says “I’ve been a doctor for 40 years I have never examined a human being as healthy as that man” and he said to me he said “The only people in the world as healthy as you are is a 17 year old boy that’s never been married.”
Sid: Hm, now what do you attribute and it’s look at 86 “What do you attribute to your supernatural health Norvel?
Norvel: Feeding the poor and worshiping the Lord.
Sid: Alright, you just heard it from Norvel Hayes one of the generals of the faith. I mean I believe we’re coming in to the most treacherous times in the history of the world, especially in the history of America. They don’t have to be treacherous for you. I believe that he’s just told you two things.
Sid: This week Monday is the Biblical, the God, the Jewish all 3 are true festival of Shavuot, otherwise known as Pentecost. We’re going to be getting to a lot about that in today’s broadcast and the next two. During Shavuot we Jewish people read from the book of Ruth.
On yesterday’s broadcast we found out that there were 2 Gentile women that became widows. One went back to her own ways her own people, she liked the old ways better she wasn’t willing to move and be adventurous in the new ways. It seems to me a lot of people are stuck they’re stuck in the last move of God’s Spirit because they’re not pressing in to God right now many are going to miss the next move of God’s Spirit. They’re feeling kind of a staleness in their congregations and they don’t understand why. It’s because we’re in between a move of God’s Spirit. We had the last move, and it’s kind of fossilized at this point, and we’re about ready to hit the next move. If you are not pressing into God, and I don’t know of a better week to begin your pressing into God than Shavuot, or Pentecost. You’re going to miss the next move of God’s Spirit and if you’re getting bitter like in the book of Ruth, Naomi literally she called herself Mara which is Hebrew for bitter because her husband died, her 2 sons died, she’s stuck with 2 daughter in laws she’s trying to get rid of these 2 daughter in laws. Many of you have become bitter because… you’re blaming your pastors and you’re blaming your churches, no no no every time you point a finger at someone else you got 3 fingers coming back at you, pointing at you. Stop blaming people this is time to get close to God. The next move of God’s Spirit is coming it’s a One New Man which is what the book of Ruth is all about because Ruth, as a Gentile, could have not followed spiritual principles, she could not have. The word here in this translation “She could not have clung to the Jew, Naomi,” but after all Zechariah 8:23 says “In the last days 10 Gentiles will cling to the hem of him who is a Jew in the last days.” Because there’s going to be, and it’s not that the Jew is going to have thee favor that yes there is always favor on the Jew because God promises it in Genesis 12:3 “I God will bless those who bless the Jewish people.” For the sake of the forefathers and the promises to the fathers God says “The blessings will be on the Jewish people, however, the greatest blessing it will bring resurrection power is when the Jew and Gentile become One New Man.” That’s what the book of Ruth is all about.
So Ruth clung to the Jew, Naomi. As a result of this she went back to Bethlehem of Judea, and she started gleaning wheat and barley from the field of Boaz, also a Jew. This Boaz had something interesting to say in Ruth the 2nd chapter 11th verse: “Boaz replied,” he’s talking to Ruth, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband.” So you see Ruth had favor because she clung to a Jew.
Then the 12th verse: “May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly” this is what Boaz is saying to this Gentile. “May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” Because Ruth clung to the Jew Naomi look at what happened the blessings in her life. She married the wealthiest guy in town, Boaz, she not only married Boaz but Naomi got life, life literally poured into Naomi because of the Jew and the Gentile coming together.
The 16th verse of the 4th chapter of Ruth: “Then Naomi took the child” by this point they had a child whose name was Obed. “Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him.” She was no longer called Mara, she was no longer called bitter, she was no longer a barren woman because she now had a grandchild, and it was impossible for her to have a grandchild. God says “If you’ll put me first, acknowledge me in all of your ways I will direct your path.” She walked right into the blessings because the Jew and Gentile combined. Do you know how many blessings occurred? Well the son’s name was Obed, or Naomi’s grandson’s name was Obed. Guess what, he was the grandfather of King David. Now that’s the type of fruit that comes when a Jew and Gentile come together.
A lot of people when they celebrate Pentecost they do not know it is a God festival. They do not know it is a Biblical festival, and God says even more “It is My feasts.” At Pentecost Jewish people were gathered because it was the God festival of Shavuot. That’s why they were in the upper room. So… let’s turn to that by the way in Acts the 2nd chapter, in Acts 2 it says “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit” and that’s key. The question is how empty are you of yourself that you can be filled? They were FILLED to overflowing. How would you like to be filled to overflowing with the Spirit of the living God? They were filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues. A lot of people miss this, but if they were filled with the Holy Spirit then they began to speak in other tongues. A lot of people don’t realize this, but it is you do the speaking and God gives you the words.
“Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.” What were they speaking in all these different languages because at Pentecost Jews had to come, according to Leviticus 23rd chapter to Jerusalem, and they had to come from every nation. So therefore, when they were speaking in tongues they were speaking languages that every nation, and even not just languages dialects of every nation. This is what they were saying in a language that the people speaking didn’t understand. It says “We hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Then they were accused of having too much wine.
When I first became a believer in the Messiah as a Jewish believer in the Messiah, I remember how intrigued I was with unknown tongues. I remember some Christians talking to me about it and I remember saying “Do you speak in tongues?” They said “Yes!” I said “Could I hear you do this?” They said “Yes” and they began to speak in unknown tongues. Then when I became a believer I asked to be filled with the Holy Spirit and be given a prayer language. The language that… I began speaking immediately a language I had never been instructed. Then almost immediately I had it in my head “You’re just making that language up.” So I stopped using that language for a while. Then one day I was praying with an Orthodox rabbi who had accepted Jesus as His Messiah. A woman came forward who was pregnant, but the baby was dead inside of her. She said “The doctors have said my baby is dead but will you pray for my baby?” So the rabbi and I put our hands on her and we began to pray. The only thing… I mean I didn’t have enough faith to pray for the resurrection of that baby, but I prayed in my unknown tongues, I don’t know why but I did. The rabbi looked at me and he said “Sid you’re praying in an ancient form, an ancient dialect of Hebrew. You just said ‘The Spirit of the child is with God the Father.’” I’ll tell you something I never doubted my unknown tongue after, but the truth of the matter is without faith you can’t please God. Many of you will not pray with an Orthodox rabbi who’s accepted Jesus. No I take it back I pray that many of you pray with an Orthodox rabbi that has accepted Jesus because this is God’s time, this is time for Him to pour out His Spirit on Jewish people especially in the United States and in Canada.