Leonard Ravenhill

Introduction

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Leonard Ravenhill (June 18, 1907 – November 27, 1994) was an English Christian evangelist and author who focused on the subjects of prayer and revival. He is best known for challenging western evangelicalism (through his books and sermons) to compare itself to the early Christian Church as chronicled in the Book of Acts.

His most notable book is Why Revival Tarries which has sold over a million copies worldwide.

Among others influenced by Ravenhill were Keith Green, Ravi Zacharias, Tommy Tenney, Steve Hill, Michael L. Brown, Charles Stanley, Bill Gothard, Paul Washer, and David Wilkerson.

He was a close friend of pastor and writer A.W. Tozer.

Through his teaching and books, Ravenhill addressed the disparities he perceived between the New Testament Church and the Church in his time and called for adherence to the principles of Biblical revival.
Tozer said of Ravenhill:

To such men as this, the church owes a debt too heavy to pay. The curious thing is that she seldom tries to pay him while he lives.

Rather, the next generation builds his sepulchre and writes his biography –

as if instinctively and awkwardly to discharge an obligation the previous generation to a large extent ignored“.

 

Quotes

  1. The greatest miracle that God can do today is to take an unholy man out of an unholy world and make him holy, then put him back into that unholy world and keep him holy in it.
  2. A man who is intimate with God is not intimidated by man.
  3. No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here, we fail everywhere.
  4. If we displease God, does it matter whom we please? If we please Him does it matter whom we displease?
  5. You can’t live wrong and pray right.
  6. Book has become a Curse, borrow your sermon, it can’t be yours anyhow
  7. The only reason we don’t have revival is because we are willing to live without it!
  8. I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, “Save OUR children” bellow “Build more and bigger bombers.” That’s right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from “OUR” bombers! This does not jell.”
  9. Today’s church wants to be raptured from responsibility.
  10. Are the things you are living for worth Christ dying for?
  11. A sinning man stops praying, a praying man stops sinning
  12. God pity us that after years of writing, using mountains of paper and rivers of ink, exhausting flashy terminology about the biggest revival meetings in history, we are still faced with gross corruption in every nation, as well as with the most prayerless church age since Pentecost
  13. The Church used to be a lifeboat rescuing the perishing. Now she is a cruise ship recruiting the promising.
  14. If Jesus had preached the same message that ministers preach today, He would never have been crucified.
  15. I fear the prayers of John Knox more than all the armies of England – Queen of Scotland ( Link )
  16. If you stand before God, you will never kneel before man
  17. A christianity that is not supernatural, is superficial
  18. Faith that is going to be trusted, is gonna be tested
  19. God sends a fire on the sacrifice, not on the altar

Sermons

  1. The Baptism Of Fire – Leonard Ravenhill
    For a complete list of indexed sermons and verse by verse teachings, visit https://www.TheBodyofChrist.us
    Date Published :- 2016-Feb-24
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  2. The Cost of Discipleship by Leonard Ravenhill
    Powerful preaching by Leonard Ravenhill http://www.OpenAirOutreach.com
    Date Published :- 2016-Jan-12
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  3. Prophet Elijah Leonard Ravenhill
    Powerful sermon by Leonard Ravenhill http://www.OpenAirOutreach.com
    Date Published :- 2016-Jan-05
    Date Added :- 2016-Dec-07
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  4. Leonard Ravenhill – Moved by the Holy Spirit | Full Sermon
    Date Published :- 2016-July-20
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Indepth

The Baptism Of Fire – Leonard Ravenhill

  1. John Wesley
    • I had repeatedly quoted so much from John Wesley
    • An old lady came and said do you know John Wesley personally
      • And, I said he is just before my time as he died in 1791
  2. God locks nation ups
    • Israel
      • God sent them to jail under the Pharaoh
      • And, again between the testaments
  3. Nicholas Bangle?
    • I want to get back to Africa as soon as I can.
  4. God locks nations up
    • Israel
      • Under Pharaoh for 400 years
      • Between Old and New testament
  5.  Prophets?
    • Pastor denouncing Prophets
      • If that is your theory, hold on to it
      • If there are no prophets, then there are no evangelist
      • Better tear out Ephesians 4
        • And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers ( Ephesians 4:11 )
    • They finished with the Apostolic Dispensation
    • Calling
      • Evangelist tells you that rid of your sin or it with hurt you
      • Prophet tells you not that your sin with hurt you, but that it is hurting God
  6. Zechariah
    • He went into the Temple
    • And, the Angel said “Fear Not
    • Once in his life, he goes into the Temple and minister to God
    • It is very precise
      • If he sees the Angel on the right hand side, it means he has a message for the Individual/Him
      • And, if he sees the Angel on the left hand side, it means he has a message for the People/Nation
  7. John the Baptist
    • Came unto the Scene in a difficult day
      • John The baptist came into a totalitarian world, a sophisticated world
        • The Romans had it in their grips
        • The Greeks had it in the grips
        • The Jews had a monopoly on God, or so they thought
        • And, then God sent this man
      • The Angel said he “shall be great in the sight of God
      • I, leonard, was in a conference once and there were all these men
        • They all had advanced degrees
        • BA, BS, Doctorate degrees
        • Common fellows I am not despising your learnings
        • But, do you think the Devil is scared of all those degrees hanging in your Office
      • But, no John the Baptist shall be great in the sight of God
        • Now, that is something you can covet will all your mind and soul
      • What is the Proof that you have been filled with the Holy Ghost
        • That you a Holy Life
      • We must be close to the end time
        • No, the Bible says it is the beginning of Sorrow
      • A Baptism of Life Change
        In the fifteenth year of the rule of Caesar Tiberius—it was while Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea; Herod, ruler of Galilee; his brother Philip, ruler of Iturea and Trachonitis; Lysanias, ruler of Abilene; during the Chief-Priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas—John, Zachariah’s son, out in the desert at the time, received a message from God. He went all through the country around the Jordan River ( Luke 3:1-5 [ Message Version] )
      • Why did God put all that detail there
      • He was trying to tell you this people are not simple things, they were living in Slave conditions
      • Dominion of invading power
      • They had no rights
    • John had a man and hid him in the wilderness
  8. Moses
    • Backside of the Mountain
    • God shaped him year and year
    • For 40 years
  9. Jesus waited while John the Baptist was drawing a crowd
    • Jesus stood still with an hammering nails
      • making a coffin
  10. Man with a ministry, in the will of God, has perfect peace even if there is an earthquake outside
  11. In John 17, Jesus said that the “Time has come
    • That is the seventh time he has said that
    • Jesus knew the Divine Timetable
      • He knew when to move, and when not to move
  12. They could not hitch him on to any Political Wagon
  13. Problem with you Prophet is not that you do not know enough, it is that you know too much
  14. Difference between Evangelist and Prophet
    • Evangelist has to go looking for work
    • People go looking for Prophet
  15. I said it must be nice to move from Russia to Australia
    • You must be thrilled to be in Australia
      • Plenty of Food
      • Plenty of Clothes
    • No response
    • It must me nice to worship in a place like this
    • I will go back to Russia tomorrow, if I could get there
    • I want God
      • When we meet in secret, God is there
      • Hidden in mountains, hidden in caves
        • I felt the presence of God more than I felt in Australia
  16. I have an invitation to go a 10,000 seat auditorium in Sweden
    • But, I don’t bother to go
    • But, I came here
    • Why, because I don’t God wants me to go them
    • He told me to go to the Feeble minded and I came

 

Prophet Elijah Leonard Ravenhill

  1. Revival at the family level, which is the most needed today
  2. Secret to preaching
    • To him that trembles at my Word
      • Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word. ( Isaiah 66:2 )
    • Holy Ghost sent down from Heaven
      • Jesus never preached till he was ordained
      • Ordained by a Bishop?
      • No one can ordain another man
    • The ones in the Room in Acts
      • John 15
  3. Conditions of Preaching
    • Joel 2
      • “Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and mourning; 13And rend your heart and not your garments.” ( Joel 2:12 )
  4. Preacher says that he has 400 filled students
    • But, nobody in town knew
    • But, then they knew when there were an hundred and twenty in town
      • At a time when about 120 disciples had gathered together, Peter got up and spoke to them.
        He said, “Brothers, what the Holy Spirit predicted through David in Scripture about Judas had to come true ( Acts 1:15 -16)
  5. If you stand before God, you will never kneel before man
  6. Separate Aaron so that they may minister to me
  7. The word of the Lord came unto me
  8. No Rain
    • Deuteronomy 11:16- 17
      • so there’s no rain and nothing grows in the fields ( Deuteronomy 11:16- 17 )
    • No one else keep their word, God you better keep yours
    • These men love God much, and they hurt when God hurts
  9. God has all things including computers
    • Now they have all things, but possess nothing
  10. False Prophets
    • Now they end up at Jezebel’s Table
  11. The God that answers with fire
  12. Prayers not answered
    • Broken vows
  13. Restitution
  14. Bonke
    • Working in Africa
    • Christ for all Nations, and Not Christ for all donations
    • If you move forward and take anymore from that woman, the Hippopotamus will take care of you
      • Remember Abraham
        • When he came back from fighting for Lot
    • Faith Promise?
  15. A christianity that is not supernatural, is superficial
  16. Faith that is going to be trusted, is gonna be tested
  17. Everybody can write a book
    • Plenty of Ahab, but just a little bit of Elijah’s
    • Anyone can write read a bible and read some references and catch every little thing that come to mind
    • But, what if I meet Ahab in the way
    • What about Roman Catholic Church, Mormonism, jehovism
    • A guru at Berkeley
      • Drews 2000 students at lunch time
    • More false priest than
      • A guru at Berkeley
        • Drews 2000 students at lunch time
    • All these guys with heresy can drew a crowd, but we can not
    • Paul said my gospel is not in words only, but with Power
  18. At lunch time, lady came up
    • Building an Altar is one thing, does not mean God will send an Altar
    • God sends a fire on the sacrifice, not on the altar
  19. If Elijah gets on TV one morning
    • Do you think they will invite him again
  20. Wise men followed a Star
    • Ended up 7 miles away from the main city
  21. Deeply disturbed by the condition of the Church
  22. Elijah
    • Ahab was after him
    • Jezebel was after him
  23. Jesus Sufferance
    • Suffer for him
      • Paul called
        • Anais called to speak to him and warn him about what he must suffer for him
    • His personal suffering
      • Demon possessed
      • Deaf
      • Blind
      • Corpse
      • Temple that has lost its glory
      • Agony of his suffering
        • 2 days later he had a stroke
      • Do not rest in your experiences
      • Generation
        • Point of downward stream
  24. Moral Majority
    • Yes, he had 5000 at the feeding
    • But, only 120 cam out to worship in the room in Acts
    • Determined to be a person with more than a knowledge of God, decide to be alone
    • Not a born in day
      • Years of quietness
  25. Lord my altar is broken
    • My prayer life
    • My devotional life
    • natural affection has gotten in the way of spiritual affection

 

 

The Cost of Discipleship by Leonard Ravenhill

  1. Paul
    • God forbid that I should boast
      • Journey
        • Left Roman where they worship the mind
        • To Corinth’s where they worship the body
      • Natural Life
        • He began his life in the historic capital of the World Tarsus
        • He ended his life in the military Capital of the World Rome
        • He went to the intellectual capital of the World ( Acts 17)
      • Yet Burdened
        • By false Gods
        • Where people worship false Gods
          • Roman Catholicism
          • Mormons
          • Jehovah Witness
  2.  Ananias
    • Glad man stayed after prayer to listen to God
  3. The Lord has appeared to make you a minister ( Acts 9 )
  4. And, then he disappeared, he went into the wilderness
    • Paul became spiritually pregnant
    • Little children for which
    • 14 apostles
      • Merciless Books
  5. Evangelical movement but it has no effect
    • Fullness of God
  6. All these boys are rushing to Washington
    • Christianity was born in Oppression
    • Yet, jesus never said anything about Slavery
    • They dare not put God’s house right, but they want to put the White House right
    • Our problems will not be solved in the Oval Office, but in God’s prayer house

Messianic Torah Observant Israel – Baptism of Fire & Other Sermons

 

Sermons

  1. Messianic Torah Observant Israel
    • Baptism of Fire
      • Baptism of Fire – Part 1
        In the Gospel of Matthew 3:11 we read the words of John the Baptist saying, “I indeed immerse (baptize) you in water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to bear. He shall immerse (baptize) you in the Set-apart (Holy) Spirit and fire.”
        What do you know about the Baptism of Fire. Is that what happened to those in Acts 2?
        Listen as Rabbi Steve Berkson brings some understanding and clarity to this misunderstood subject

        For more information about MTOI (Messianic Torah Observant Israel), visit our website at http://www.mtoi.org and our Official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mtoiworldwide.
        Published On: 2016-June-15
        Added On: 2016-Nov-24
        Part 1:- Link
        Part 2:- Link
        Part 3:- Link
    • Understanding the Ruach
    • Beware False Teachers
      International conspiracy, global domination, lies, deception, extortion – sounds like a James Bond movie, doesn’t it? Actually, it’s in the pages of the Scriptures as they refer to the End of Days that could be quickly upon us all. No one can or will be excluded from the events that have been prophesied to happen. A world leader is coming who will draw everyone to him so that, if it were possible, even the very elect would be deceived. He is infamously known as “The Anti-Christ (or Anti-Messiah).” Rabbi Steve Berkson lays out very clearly in this teaching the how, what, and why to being able to recognize this one who will be the most evil person of all time and, just like a James Bond movie, there is a twist at the end.
      Published On: 2015-Mar-03
      Added On: 2016-Nov-24
      Link
    • False Prophets : Anti-Christ Identification made easy- Steve Berkson on NYSTV
      Streamed live on Jun 29, 2016
      False Prophets : Anti-Christ Identification made easy- Steve Berkson on NYSTV
      Published On: 2016-June-15
      Added On:- 2016-Dec-13
      Link

 

 

Indepth

Baptism of Fire

Part III

Rabbi Steve Berkson begins Part 3 of this teaching in Leviticus 26:23 where he shows us that the Baptism of Fire has many facets such as being “instructed” of YHVH through “punishment” for disobedience and breaking His Covenant. Then, we see discipleship terminology as we go to Matthew 11:25-30 and read Yeshua’s words, verse 29, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble in heart, and you shall find rest for your beings. For My yoke is gentle and My burden is light.” This verse is linked back to Leviticus as YHVH told those of that time that He has broken the bars of their yoke (of Egypt) and made them walk upright (taking on His Yoke); the yoke symbolizes learning and being in submission to the Torah of YHVH which gives us rest which Rabbi Steve links to Jeremiah 6:16, Thus said יהוה , “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and find rest for yourselves.” Rabbi Berkson then teaches us another facet of the Baptism of Fire which is the persecution we will face as we walk in Torah-Observance. Possibly, we may need to detach from things or others, even as close as our own hand or foot (Matt 18:8), so that we can walk unimpeded spiritually. Then, Rabbi Berkson takes us to the writings of the Apostle Shaul (Paul) to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 3) as the Apostle explains to his congregation that each one builds upon the foundation, which is Messiah Yeshua, using various materials. Those materials may or may not make it through the Baptism of Fire which, as Rabbi Berkson points out, is why it’s so important for us to submit to a chosen and appointed authority, in discipleship, so that they can instruct us as to what materials we should build with that will pass through the fire to the other side.

Understanding the Ruach

Part 1:

  1. Exodus 20:18-20 & Acts 2
    • Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.”Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.”  ( Exodus 20:18-20 )