I am a book person and have recently been reading one book a week, sometimes two. In the last fortnight I have read two books that I know I will continue to read and study in more detail, one is “Time is Running Out” by Rheinhard Bonkke and the second is this book.
A few weeks ago I saw this book in the hands of a friend of mine and I liked the title and I quickly became interested and read with interest what the back cover said. I learned more from my friend Mark who was in the middle of reading it and said that not only was it impressive how it covered the 12 lives of these famous preachers, apostles and healing evangelists and what they taught and a detailed account of their ministry, but he also pointed out where some of them got it wrong and he carefully explained in an elegant way what could happen to anyone and encouraged the reader not to fall like them.
Today I got it at 7.30pm and now it’s 5am in the morning and I’m ¾ of the way through it.
Let me say this quite frankly.
Going out to the movies and eating in a cafe can be done for about $ 30 in Australia, where I live, and people don’t think about it. But when it comes to spending that amount of money on a book, they want to know everything and they need to be convinced.
Guys, if you have a full-time job in your life in the future, this book is a must-have for you.
The book details the lives of 12 people who were used mightily by God with all of the following signs and wonders. The 12 people are
John Alexander Dowie Maria Woodworth Etter Evan Roberts Charles F Purham William J Seymour John G Lake Smith Wiggelsworth Aimee Semple Mc Pherson Kathryn Kuhlman William Branham Jack Coa AA Allen
When I read the list of people mentioned in the book I recognized the names of Karthyn Kuhlman, William Branham, Smith Wiggelsworth and John G Lake, but it was not the list of names that interested me, it was the title of the book.
When American first attacked Iraq on television for all to see in 1990, I knew what a general was. I learned that the American president was the commander and the boss, but the man on the ground tasked with winning a war was the general. Until that moment, he hadn’t even understood what a general was.
In a modern context, Jesus Christ is our commander and chief in heaven in a distant place, but we are destined to come with his power and authority and take dominion over this earth in a real war with Satan for the lives of the people. perishing. God needs his Apostles and prophets on earth today, brave and courageous men in the position of general and he needed them yesterday.
I received an unlikely prophetic word from a man who was dying in a mental ward about eight years ago when he threw a glass of water at me and said, “You are God’s general, a Jew from the tribe of Benjamin.”
Until I read this book, I never realized the full meaning of that prophetic statement. I have received many prophecies about my future and they all confirm that I have a full-time calling in my life and my role will be a bit revolutionary.
In this book, the story of John Alexander Dowie really set my heart on fire and gave me a passion to get out there and start preaching and healing. I have already been a victim of its downfall in the past and therefore am wary of going down that road twice. I have to laugh, I can tell you a lot or I’ll spoil the book, but I resonated with him so strongly with his zeal for people and for God and the way he fell.
Maria Woodworth Etter was the best I have read so far as I have only completed seven. It’s so refreshing that the best thing I read was a woman preacher in the 1900s, when women preachers weren’t fashionable or allowed and her story lit a flame in my heart.
Evan Roberts reads a revival in Wales and they say revivals in the US come from his teachings, correspondences and prayers for the people in the US He was a young man and had a zeal for God that was very attractive. Each of these guys will have to go back and read again.
And the list goes on. Each person is covered in great detail and we are given a valuable glimpse into their lives and teachings, as well as the well-documented healings that occurred in their ministries and were even published by the popular media. Many of them suffer a great attack.
It was reported in the statistics that in a city where John G Lake was ministering, that city was the healthiest in the world at the time. He made more than 100,000 cures in that city, verified and documented by the press and doctors.
John G Lake in five years in South Africa, led 100,000 people to the Lord, planted more than 600 churches, and raised more than 1,200 pastors to full-time ministry. And they did it in poverty, sometimes pastors dying in their calling.
To anyone who wants to be used by God in the future or in full-time ministry, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. So I just spent half an hour of my time writing this review.
For $ 15: 63 on Amazon, as I post this today, I must say invest some money in your faith. It is an amazing book.
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