Sunday, September 30, 2018

Manifestations of the Holy Spirit - John Arnott

Manifestations of the Holy Spirit-- Responses to some commonly asked questions

Over the years, one of the most frequently raised issues concerning the revival that began in Toronto in 1994 has been that of the manifestations that occur when people are touched by the power of God.

Our meetings have often been characterized by visible signs of God touching people; with manifestations such as falling under the power of the Spirit, laughing, crying and shaking.

Some people have questioned why these manifestations occur and if they are biblical.


When the Holy Spirit fell at Pentecost, the waiting believers experienced the power of God:
“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 began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them." (Acts 2:1-4)

"Some, however, made fun of them and said, ‘They have had too much wine’. Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: ‘Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. ‘These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It's only nine in the morning!’” (Acts 2:13-15)

They manifested the Holy Spirit by speaking in tongues and drunken behaviour! This gives us reason to suppose that when the Holy Spirit fell on them they were so overwhelmed in their physical beings that they looked "drunk" – perhaps staggering around, laughing and even falling.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit can be translated as being "completely immersed" in the power and presence of the Living God. John the Baptist, speaking of Jesus, described him as the one who would “baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with Fire" (Luke 3:16). The implication is that this is a powerful experience that one would expect to feel and have some outward sign or manifestation.

Especially in the West we have been conditioned to rationalize every experience and not to trust our emotions. We are so afraid of being caught up in emotionalism that we can miss the fact that we were designed to feel the presence of the Living God because He is a person.

God is an emotional God; throughout the Bible He expresses a full range of emotions, including love, compassion, anger, sorrow and even regret (1 Sam 15:11). God has made us emotional beings because emotions give life a colour and a richness of experience. A marriage without any emotions or outward signs of affection would be called loveless. In the same way, our relationship with our loving Heavenly Father and Jesus our bridegroom is designed to be experienced at an emotional level. He expects us to respond to Him in our emotions so it is hardly surprising that in His presence we experience laughter, tears and deep levels of peace.
(This does not endorse excessive over-emotional behaviour that originates in a carnal desire for attention).

The first requirement for receiving more of God’s presence is a child-like belief that He wants to bless us. This is faith – coming to God in belief that He is good.
“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:11-13)

Sadly, instead of receiving like little children, some critics worry about falling into deception or being taken in by a counterfeit experience of God. If we come to God and ask him for more of the Holy Spirit, he won’t give us a "snake" or a "scorpion" or in other words some kind of demonic experience.

Some critics have described the manifestations as being demonic; by doing so they seem to put more faith in the enemy’s ability to deceive and control us than God’s ability to protect and bless us.

We have to exercise discernment in the Holy Spirit when we see a manifestation that on first glance might appear to be "strange".
What would you think if someone came home from a religious meeting and they couldn’t speak? You might be tempted to say that it was demonic. Yet in Luke 1, we see how Zechariah was struck dumb in the presence of God and couldn’t speak throughout Elizabeth’s pregnancy.
"Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak." (Luke 1:21-22)
Similarly, Saul was struck temporarily blind by his encounter with Jesus on the Damascus Road:
"Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything." (Acts 9:8)
What if you witnessed something like this as a casual observer? You see a guy fall under the power of God and when he gets back up again he’s blind! That doesn’t sound right does it? It can’t be Jesus, surely – it must be the devil! Can you see how pre-conditioned our thinking is – how easily we ascribe supernatural, out of the box events to the devil but not to God?

Some might even criticize something similar to Peter’s experience in Acts 10:10 where “Peter fell into a trance” as "New Age".
Sometimes there is actual demonic activity in a meeting – that is the demons are departing from people as the power of God falls on them. We have found that sometimes in a meeting, the presence of God is such that people are spontaneously freed from evil spirits – these may manifest as they are leaving the person.

Some people will ask, what about self-control? Isn’t that one of the fruit of the spirit? So why would people being touched by God show such little self-restraint?
Similarly, people like to comment that "The Holy Spirit is a gentleman", implying that he wouldn’t so take control over your body that you seem "out of control".
However scriptural evidence shows that God often moves on people in ways that they have little choice in how to respond. On the Damascus Road, Saul was clearly not in control of what was happening to him and yet this encounter bore amazing fruit in his life. At the inauguration of Solomon’s Temple, the presence of God was so overwhelming that the priests couldn’t stay standing.
Sometimes in the context of a public meeting, people do "act up" in uncontrolled carnal behaviour; perhaps to gain attention or else just because they are desperate to feel "included". We seek to pastor these people and help them to calm down and receive from God for real.

Are we really ever out of control if God is in control?
When we surrender ourselves to the Holy Spirit it’s just like driving a car – we make the decision to move over and let him take the wheel. Are we out of control? No, we just have a different driver now.

Manifestations are evidence of the fact that God is touching a person or that His presence is with us here and now. But what about after the falling over or laughing or crying? What is the lasting fruit of these experiences?

In late 1995, a Christian sociologist, Margaret Poloma, asked to interview a cross-section of people who had fallen under the power of the Spirit. Margaret surveyed around 1,000 people. The survey found that 92% of people testified to the fact that they were more in love with Jesus since the experience than they had ever been in their lives. 82% of people mentioned that they were more motivated and excited about sharing Jesus with family and friends than ever before.

In statistical terms those are very high percentages to extrapolate from any sample group of people. Emotionalism or demonic activity would not lead people to love Jesus more and want to share Him with others more.

Falling to the ground
The priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud” (2 Chronicles 5:14 NASV)
It seems that the presence of God was so powerful their legs gave out and they fell to the floor.
Daniel fell forward:
As he [Gabriel] came near the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostrate…while he was speaking to me, I was in a deep sleep, with my face to the ground. Then he touched me and raised me to my feet.” (Daniel 8:17-18)

My legs gave way beneath me and I shook in terror” (Habbakuk 3:16 NLT)
The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.” (Matthew 28:4)

Abraham fell face down; he laughed…”  (Genesis 17:17)

Joy & Childlikeness
Given the fact that God affirms childlikeness, it’s not that surprising that people who are touched by the power of God sometimes act in a child-like way. We have seen people filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit laugh, roll around on the floor and run about just like children.
In the Bible, Jesus himself was overcome by joy:
At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said” (Luke 10:21)

King David acted undignified when he was so overcome with the joy of the Lord that he danced in the street in his underwear. His wife was scornful of him but his response was;
“I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.” (2 Samuel 6:22)

Sometimes under the power of the Spirit, people are communicating something through their actions, rather than just responding emotionally to God’s touch.
Simulating flying like an eagle
Roaring like a lion
Crowing like a cockerel
Once, at a gathering of pastors in Stirling, Scotland, the worship leader led the worship beautifully but every now and again would crow like a cockerel. When I asked her what was going on, she replied, “I feel like the Lord is saying, ‘Church, it’s time to wake up! There’s a new day coming. It’s time to wake up!'”
In 1998 when Microsoft launched Windows 98 they had a TV commercial in which a cockerel flew up onto a fence and crowed. The tag line appeared on screen "It’s a new day!”. Nobody would be offended by this advert, so why are so many offended when God speaks this way in the church?
Throughout scripture God loves to speak through pictures, stories and prophetic symbolism as these things communicate so clearly to our hearts, often by-passing our "cerebral" analytical selves.
The Apostle Paul explains:
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on man’s wisdom, but on God’s power.” (1 Corinthians 2:4-5)
“People who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds like foolishness to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.” (1 Corinthians 2:14 NLT)

To the rational mind, the things of the Spirit seem like foolishness. So when we see something that we would consider "strange" we need to be slow to pass judgment and use the discernment that the Holy Spirit provides. We can trust our heavenly Father to give us good gifts when we ask for them. So let us be unafraid and press in to ask Him for more of his wonderful Holy Spirit.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Ministries in New Zealand

1. Christchurch

       Rev Elijah Wong who founded Christchurch Chinese Abundant Life Church 15 years ago, shared with me that the church had been praying for the God’s Fire to revive the Church. God answered their prayers by sending our AOF Global team to come to minister to them in a 3 days Fire Conference. He shared his testimony vide the link:-

        2. Wellington

       We were invited by Ps Marty of Capital Vineyard Church to share in a two-night meeting in his church which he founded in 1995. We are living in the last days and God is coming to fill the whole earth with His knowledge, manifesting His Presence to the world, through the demonstration of power with ‘signs & wonders’ accompanying.

        Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:4, “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power” and in 1 Corinthians 4:20, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.”

         Through the link below is a video on the demonstration of the power of God’s words to impart and impact lives:-

          3. Wellington Business Lunch Fellowship

          I was invited to speak to in a lunch fellowship with a group of business people in Wellington.

All glory to God for opening the door for our AOF Global to New Zealand!

Paul K P Ang
Arsenal of Fire Global

September 28, 2018

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Outreach Mission of Arsenal of Fire Global 【环球烈火军火库事工的外展事工】

The Arsenal of Fire Global’s calling and mission is to raise up end time disciples of Christ to be ‘Fire Starters’ or ‘Torchbearers’ to carry His fire and glory to the ends of the earth, with rapid fire and quick ignition to deliver, heal and transform lives - to shine for Jesus, with the first ‘School of Fire Starters’ commencing on February 18, 2019.

The purpose of the School of Fire Starters is:-

 1.  to bring the fire of the Holy Spirit back to the church, which is supposed to be an altar. A soulish and intellectual church is not what the Apostles built in the New Testament era. It does not bear the spiritual DNA of Paul the apostle. He would not recognize the churches he pioneered if he were to visit them today. He would say this is not what a church was intended to be.

 2.  to rise up the last-days warrior army of the Lord, to be launched into the battle field so as to snatch back all that have been stolen by the enemy. God is forming an army out of a valley of dead dry bones. They will march across the earth to do great exploits for the Lord.

They will walk with powerful anointing - cleansed and purified by the fire of God and they will be so drawn to their first love – Jesus Christ and they will be so consumed by the love of God, which conquers all. The love and compassion of Jesus Christ will come upon them and they will minister with the heart of God that will “bind up the broken-hearted; open the eyes of the blind; set the captives; and deliver those in bondages.” (Isaiah 61).

They will endure much for His Name sake, being persecuted, rejected, accused, abused, misjudged and forsaken. But the glory of God will shine through them. “Christ in us, the hope of Glory.” (Colossians 1:27), putting the manifest presence of God Himself on display for the world.  

 3.  to impart spiritual gifts, the Lion of Judah’s anointing and the Baptism of Fire in a demonstration of a ‘Show & Tell’ with signs and wonders accompanying.

Praise God and all glory to Him!

Paul K P Ang
Arsenal of Fire Global

September 16, 2018

"I pray that this sharing will strengthen your faith and stir you to spread the Fire of God. If you have been blessed by the sharing of our blog articles and testimonies and desire to partner with us to spread this Fire, please consider sowing into this ministry. You may do so through the link below. We thank you for your support and prayers. God bless you!”



1. 把圣灵的火带回众教会,这原本该是一个祭坛。一个充满血气和人的头脑智慧的教会不是使徒在新约时代所建立的。它不含有使徒保罗的属灵基因。如果使徒保罗今天去参观这类型的教会,他将不会承认这是他开创的教堂。他会说这不是教会的初衷。




3. 透过示范 + 讲解”的明证和神迹奇事的伴随来分赐属灵恩赐,犹大狮子的恩膏和火的洗礼。





Sunday, September 9, 2018

Testimonies - Fire Impartation

When we were in Los Angeles last year, Dr Samuel Wong, a medical doctor who specialises in spine & nerve in Calgary, Canada shared with me that the Late John MacLennan called him on the phone to give him a message about the calling of God upon his life as a revivalist. I was surprised that John drove 12 hours to visit Dr Samuel Wong in Calgary.

During the telephone conversation, the Lord dropped a message in my heart that I needed to complete the task what John had begun in the doctor. The task was to impart the revival fire to Samuel so that he can walk in fullness of his calling.

The mind with its reasoning power and logic are the biggest hindrance to the work of God. By profession of being a doctor, Bro Samuel uses the maximum capacity of his brain. Everything is scientific and not a speck of spiritual activity is involved. Moving in the Spirit requires God's refining fire to burn and break the hardest stubborn mindset and tradition, melt hardened hearts and demolish strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:3-6) to bring about an awesome transformation of lives.

When pastors receive the revival fire impartation, they will set their Churches on fire and the fire will continue to spread and burn to break even the most hardened concrete mindset of tradition. This divine fire makes it possible for them to receive the fresh manna from Heaven.

We went to Calgary, Canada and Dr Samuel Wong received the fire impartation and he shared his testimony vide the link below:-

The links below are testimonies that will greatly encourage those who desire to receive the fire impartation and to understand that things of the Spirit are caught, not taught:-

May you be blessed through the testimonies and the Lord be glorified!

Paul K P Ang
Arsenal of Fire Global

September 9, 2018

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Price of Hosting the Manifest Presence of God’s Glory

If you are called to be a forerunner or a revivalist, don't think that when the Holy Spirit starts moving, people are going to love you. Just like the book of Acts, when the noise of stirring and moving of the Spirit begins, so does persecution. People will accuse you of being a cult and speak evil about you. They will want to destroy you, like the history of past revival faced by people like John Wesley, the famous evangelist John Sung and many others.

Bill Johnson quotes: “Glory is the manifested presence of Jesus. Revival is filled with stories of His manifest presence resting upon His people. HE lives in all believers, but the glory of His presence comes to rest on only a few.”

1 Peter 4:14
“If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.”

Prof Jack Deere wrote: "Think of the controversy that swirled around Jesus, then around the apostles, and since then around every major move of God in history. No man of God has carried a great anointing without having to bear the kind of accusations. The religious leaders would spread gross lies and rumors about anointed men of God perhaps out of fear of losing some of the congregation to the person. However, Jesus told his disciples, "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me" (Matthew 5:11).

May this one minute sermon encourage you to press it on your calling!

Paul K P Ang
Arsenal of Fire Global

September 6, 2018

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Update - Refiner’s Fire Revival Conference in Malaysia

We are back in Singapore from the Refiner’s Fire Revival Conference in Malaysia and are now preparing for our next mission assignment in Christchurch and Wellington in New Zealand (September 18 - 29).

From our observation during this recent fire conference, there are more English-speaking leaders, including pastors, being touched by the fire of God. A minister of God from Auckland who attended our meeting, asked me how I knew his friend Dr K B Tan, a spiritual giant from Singapore who had endorsed my book, ‘The Arsenal of Fire’ - a great man of God who has trained thousands of missionaries and set up about 850 Mission Schools world-wide.

I did not ask Dr K B Tan to endorse my book but he wrote me a testimony instead and years later, I asked for his consent to post his testimony as an endorsement for the book. Glory to God!

Testimony from Dr K. B. Tan:-

Since 2017, doors of ministries have been opened for AOF Global, and we have been traveling almost monthly from nation to nation to ignite the fire of revival. The Lord has also led several oversea forerunners/revivalists to visit us and connect with us in Singapore. Praise God!

I would like to share a testimony from a pastor.

May the Lord be glorified through the sharing of this testimony!

Paul K P Ang

September 4, 2018

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Testimony - by Pastor Hephzibah Liam

Ps Hephzibah Liam recently retired from teaching in Inti International University, Nilai, Malaysia and she currently serves in full time ministry for the Lord. She co-organised the recent Refiner’s Fire Revival Conference with Dr Moses Lee of FGA, Kuala Lumpur, Rev Michael Siew and Ps Deborah Yim. She shared a testimony that, prior to receiving the fire impartation and being lifted up to a higher level of worship, she was not used to the Lord’s unusual work at our ministry and it offended her mindset.

However, by the grace of God and being His chosen vessel, she chose not to exercise reasoning with her mind but pressed in to receive the fire impartation. Her ministry is now more effective because through the fire impartation, she is presently more sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14).  As you listen to her testimony, remember this saying that ‘Things of the Spirit are caught, not taught’ if you desire the spiritual things of God.

Ps Hephzibah holds a Master of Applied Statistics, Bachelor of Science (education) with Hon’s, Diploma in Ministry, 18 years of pastoral experience in Latter Rain Church of Malaysia.

May this testimony encourage you and may the Lord be glorified through this sharing.

Arsenal of Fire Global

September 2, 2018