On 11th of July, 357 people came to Wisma MCA, Kuala Lumpur on the second night of Rev Eli Hernandez’s Healing and Restoration Crusade, organized by Gospel Lighthouse, Kepong. More than 20 people received physical healing and 35 people were baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Coming from the United States, Rev Eli is an international evangelist, an anointed preacher with healing ministry, and a revivalist who had preached to hundreds of thousands of people in 54 countries over the last 26 years.
In 1968, Rev Eli shared how he saw God’s amazing hands in elongating limbs and creating new body parts of kidneys, lungs, and pancreas in people who were slain in the Spirit for hours. God is in the business of restoration and nothing is impossible for Him.
When Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, destruction and decay began as Adam was separated from God. But it was also on this day that God began a restoration plan to bring mankind back to Him. God’s desire is to restore us from glory to glory (John 17:22; 2 Cor 3:18), just like how Adam was clothed in the glory of God in the Garden of Eden.
Years passed as humanity lived in suffering and separation from God, until the Lord revealed to the prophet Joel His mighty restoration plan. At that time, the Israelites had greatly sinned against God, which Joel prophesied of their destruction if they do not repent. Joel also told of the locust plague that struck Israel (Joel 1:4). Yet, amidst the destitution, God revealed to Joel that He will restore His People into satisfaction with grain, wine, and oil (Joel 2:18-27).
And I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. (Joel 2:25 American KJV)
It is interesting to note that the four worms in the passage above symbolize the process of utter destruction. The palmerworm ravishes the plantations first, which remains is taken over by the locust, and then the cankerworm, and finally, the caterpillar (Joel 1:4). The Israelites were devastated because the ravishing meant that they lost most if not all of their properties and investments.
Not only they felt devastated, they also felt ashamed, which could come from seeing people who did not worship God prospering agriculturally, yet their own land lay in waste. That is why God assured His People that they will not be ashamed, saying right after Joel 2:25, “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never be put to shame.”
A rhema word for that night, Rev Eli shared that likewise, God will also restore to those who are ill and sick for the years that the locusts have eaten. Every single process of degradation will be restored, from the palmerworm, to the locust, to the cankerworm, and to the caterpillar. In other words, every area of our life that is ravished in sickness – be it physically or mentally – God will bring about a complete restoration. And we will be satisfied and praise the name of God (Joel 2:26)!
Rev Eli also shared that it was a mighty rushing of wind that brought the swarms of locust over Israel during the time of prophet Joel, ravishing the Israelites’ plantations to nothing. When the Israelites heard this wind, they saw it as a negative sign of destruction and devastation. Yet in the New Testament, the mighty rushing wind was restored into its new meaning. In the day of the Pentecost, the mighty rushing wind brought the divided tongues of the spirit to come amidst the disciples and fill them with the Holy Spirit. The wind was a sign of God restoring His relationship with mankind through Jesus Christ. Instead of a sign of destruction, the mighty rushing of the wind is a symbol of restoration.
What a beautiful God we have! Out of all the prophets, He chose to reveal the prophesy of the pouring of His Spirit – signified by a mighty rushing wind – at a time when this same mighty wind symbolized destruction. Indeed, our God is a God of complete restoration. And like how the Israelites would say in Joel 2:27, when God restores us, we will know that He is the Lord our God and there is no other God than Him.
And you shall know that I am in the middle of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. (Joel 2:27 American KJV)
Finally, over the three nights of the healing crusade, the mighty rush of God’s wind has brought healing to 70 people and the baptized 126 people with His Spirit and fire. Many also went back with spiritual restoration and a new zeal for the Lord in the baptism of fresh fire.
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Note: All pictures are credited to Joy Ann Penuliar Muthu.