BIRMINGHAM: Anointing Water Revival Town!
SHATTERING THE SUNDAY SILENCE
As dawn announced its arrival on Sunday 1st December 2013 in the slumbering city of Birmingham, an uncanny scene began unfolding at the New Bingley Hall, a large auditorium on the outskirts of the city centre. Cars started rolling up with people dressed in a manner unbecoming of the unearthly hour they had arrived; bedraggled travellers sleepily jumped off night buses and made their way towards the venue; taxis pulled up with heavily coated passengers scurrying to join a queue that was steadily forming. It was 4am and the crowd was already swelling. Incredibly, this strange scene was not caused by the arrival of a mega pop star or a major sporting event, as many local residents may have insinuated upon peering out of their windows in the early hours to behold such a spectacle. What was it that got people out of their beds in the early hours of Sunday morning to contend with the icy blasts? What led people to travel from their countries and distant cities to grace Birmingham’s quiet streets that early morning? This was a church service with a difference. This was the Anointing Water Revival in the UK!
ONE ARRIVED BY ONE!
As the large team of SCOAN evangelists arrived at the venue just shy of 7:30am, they were cheerily greeted by the steadily increasing congregants, one smilingly pointing out that she had been queuing since 1am! By the time the doors were due to open by 10am, the queue had stretched far beyond the New Bingley Hall premises. It winded through the car park, out onto the main road and stretched as far as the eye could see. Early risers driving by were perplexed as to what could have attracted such a mammoth turnout. The truth was not too far from the fact that people came believing their needs would be met, their burdens would be carried and their mountains would be moved. They came from across the world and the far corners of Europe and the United Kingdom, knowing that their cases would not escape the anointing of God.
THE BEAUTY OF HIS HOLINESS; THE PURITY OF HIS PRESENCE
By God’s grace, the auditorium which could seat up to 2000 was quickly filled to capacity! The service was introduced with a time of prayer, ushering people into a time of praise and worship. As the worship team sang with hands high and hearts abandoned to the Lord, the presence of God descended around the auditorium. The time of worship was then followed by a message from T.B. Joshua titled ‘The Futility Of Self Effort,’ played out on the huge video screens around the New Bingley Hall, in which he exhorted people to lift up to God not only clean hands but a pure heart. “True Christianity lies in the heart, in the purity of the heart,” he said, explaining that the problem many Christians face today is that of an urge behind closed doors. “Without the Holy Spirit destroying the root of sin in us, we are bound to be tormented by our desire to return to our bad habits.” It was a message which resonated deeply in the hearts of the congregants, mirrored by the deep silence that pervaded the auditorium as he spoke, broken only by the soft scribbling of notes and short bursts of laughter at the practical examples used.
The message set the scene for a powerful time of testimonies from those who had received their healing and deliverance during the last Anointing Water Revival in the Troxy Theatre in London, UK.
SET FREE FROM CLINICAL DEPRESSION
First was that of Chris Jansen, a young man from Australia residing in Holland who had suffered from clinical depression for 13 long, painful years. According to Chris, the problem, which started when he was 12, led to extreme isolation, suicidal tendencies and dark, deadly thoughts that swirled within on an almost constant basis. His entire life was consumed by the condition which led to severe anxiety attacks in public places, rendering his social life practically non-existent. Placed on strong drugs, Chris soon realised that his problem was not physical as all human and medical efforts he tried to bring some form of mental relief proved abortive. Turning to God, Chris travelled to America to attend a Bible college, hoping that this would enable him to finally face the demons of depression plaguing his life. However, the closer he tried to come to God, the tighter the grip of depression seemed to hold his life. After stumbling across of a clip of Prophet T.B. Joshua on YouTube one night, the reality dawned upon Chris – deliverance was the answer. Upon learning of the Anointing Water Revival in London, held at the Troxy Theatre, Chris decided to make the long journey from the Netherlands.
As the Anointing Water was ministered to him, an uncanny event unfolded – something he had seen on YouTube clips of Emmanuel TV but never believed would happen to him. The evil spirit behind his chaotic bouts of depression suddenly began to manifest, taking control of his body which contorted uncontrollably and speaking through him. Exposed by the light of God, darkness had no place to hide! From the day Chris received his deliverance during the service, a new chapter of his life started! Chris explained that peace was now reigning in his heart and all signs of depression had completely disappeared. He advised people to bring their problems to Jesus Christ and realise that spiritual problems can only be dealt with spiritually, irrespective of the depth or breadth of human solutions offered.
FROM SKEPTICISM TO DELIVERANCE:
As Maggie Geddes sat in the service at the Troxy Theatre in London, UK, she watched people receiving prayer with the Anointing Water with a cynical smile etched upon her face. ‘Could all of this be real? This looks like really good acting!’ Different thoughts whirled within. It was only when she experienced prayer herself with the Anointing Water that the service turned from an amusing spectacle to a radical encounter with the power of God! Apart from numerous health issues including a life-threatening heart disease, Maggie suffered from severe depression that stemmed from a life of abuse from childhood and rippled into several stormy marriages and mountainous career setbacks. It was in such a condition that Maggie decided to visit the Anointing Water Revival in London.
All that Maggie could remember about the Anointing Water being ministered to her was waking up on the floor feeling a lot lighter and slightly confused! However, the congregation witnessed that day, a battle between darkness and light as the evil spirit within Maggie was exposed and began to speak through her before being finally sent out by Jesus Christ. Ever since her deliverance, Maggie testified that she no longer has the terrible nightmares that once plagued her sleep. More importantly, she excitedly stated that internal joy now dominated her heart and all fear, worry and lack of contentment had seeped into the abyss. She advised people to not be driven by pre-judgements or stereotypical preconceptions but come with an open heart into God’s presence to receive what He has in store for them.
NO MORE MACHINES!
All the way from Germany, Mrs Catherine Ley-Weigmann and her children, Richard and Sabrina shared how God delivered their entire family from the cage of asthma and breathing machines. All three of them could not do without using a nebulizer, a breathing machine that administers medication for inhalation. Each of them had to use the machines at least twice a day before their healing. They were unable to run or engage in sporting activities. They came to the Anointing Water Prayer Line at the Troxy, London and their lives were changed forever. They are now breathing freely and wondering what to do with the machines that had been such a large part of their lives for so many years. Mrs Catherine also testified to the fact that she had been delivered from an addiction to eating ice cubes and clay through the medium of the Anointing Water adding to the testimony the family had already given. To conclude the testimony, the family ran together to the other side of the stage demonstrating their perfect and complete healing in Christ Jesus!
The testimonies were followed by an awesome time of Mass Prayer with Prophet T.B. Joshua via videos played on the huge video screens. Although he was not physically in the service, the power of God flowed mightily through Prophet T.B. Joshua’s prayers. As the thousands joined in prayer, there was instantaneous reactions as people began to vomit out poisonous substances plaguing their systems and evil spirits began to shriek as God’s light shattered their darkness. Truly, death was swallowed up in victory! The Mass Prayer then paved way for the beginning of the prayer line!
At this point, words can no more adequately describe or depict the events that ensued. As the Anointing Water was ministered, God stepped in! The result? An orchestrated touch of Heaven that rippled throughout the auditorium, amalgamating in powerful deliverance, amazing healing and irrefutable evidence that Jesus lives; He never said goodbye. Lives were transformed, satanic chains were broken and faith was enormously lifted.
It was a modern-day Book of Acts experience that lasted several hours yet felt like only minutes. Evil spirits were forced to confess the damage they had wrought in people’s lives and were subsequently cast out by the superior authority in the name of Jesus Christ. People with terrible skin diseases and difficulties in walking, alongside those using machines for sleep apnea and hearing aids for deafness were among those whose lives were secured by the blood of Jesus Christ and the fire of the Holy Ghost. At the same time as the prayer line was still going on, the evangelists began ministering the Anointing Water to each and every person in the crowd. Miracle upon miracle, deliverance upon deliverance and healing upon healing took place and lives were changed forever at The Anointing Water Revival in Birmingham, UK. What a God we have to worship; what a Son we have to praise; what a future lies before us.
As Prophet T.B. Joshua says, “Better is not good enough; the best is always yet to come.”