Jewish reformation – 538 BC – Cyrus releases the building project
- Church starts off well – Ezra 3:10-11 (NLT)– built foundation – but got busy doing themselves
- The enemy is relentless – Erza 4:1-5 (NLT)– “Let us build with you”, bribes – witchcraft
- And finally the enemy succeeds – Ezra 4:23 (NLT)
America’s Reformation – 2nd Great Awakening – 1820’s thru 1840’s – Charles Finney & Lyman Beecher
Evangelical movement highlighted morality.
But something got in the way – Haggai 1:3-5– Then the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying, 4 “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?” 5 Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways!
Creating gateways – Genesis 28:17– And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!”
Building a vortex – 2 Kings 2:11– Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
Whirlwind – a column of air moving rapidly around and around in a cylindrical or funnel shape.
Do you want a new wineskin? Luke 5:38
Reformation/judgment begins in this house 1 Peter 4:17
Reformation only happens through transformation – and that is transformation of you, not everyone else.
How to wait – Acts 1:4; Isaiah 40:31