What Is God Saying? – Pr Chew Weng Chee, SIBKL

 

Malaysia is currently going through a difficult time, and very often the news we read affects our peace of heart and mind. We are in confusion about the accountability of certain prominent figures. What’s even more disquieting, we can sense a spiritual tension in the atmosphere and even the earth beneath some of our feet are shaking.    

What is God saying to us at this time, individually, as the Church, and as the nation? Recently, Pr Chew Weng Chee shared a message on this at SIBKL. There are 5 main messages that God is saying to us, and Pr Chew counseled us to very intentionally take heed of them.

 

The Earthquakes That Hit Sabah

Not too long ago, a huge earthquake hit near Kota Kinabalu, something that is unprecedented in our nation’s history. Later aftershocks would also hit the state. Explain it how you may, certain ‘coincidences’ in the event clearly communicate to us that this was no fluke. The earthquake this time was unique not just because of its magnitude but also because of its location. The epicenter of this earthquake hit a village, Kampung Kiau, which is around the historical heartland of revival in Sabah.

 

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Throughout the Bible, God uses earthquakes to speak. In Exodus 19:17-19, when Moses gathered the people to meet God at the foot of Mount Sinai and God descended on the mountain, the whole mountain trembled violently. In Acts 4:31, as the early believers were under persecution and as they gathered to pray, God shook the meeting room with His presence, indicating that He was with them. Revelations 6:12 and 8:4-5 speaks of two cups; one of the cup of wrath and the other of the cup of censer of prayer. Both times as the cups were poured on Earth, earthquakes shook it.

 

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In 1 Kings 19:11-12, God used an earthquake to draw the attention of Elijah who was on the run from Jezebel and burnt-out at that time, and He spoke to Elijah after the earthquake. God is directly concerned with what is happening in our nation and He is thundering a message to us.

 

God is Speaking to His Church

How do we know that God is speaking to His Church? Because we have the Holy Spirit in us, it means that of all people, we should be able to discern when God is speaking to us.

In Hebrews 12:23-29, a passage which was directed to the church of the firstborn which is Jesus, the apostle Paul warns God’s people not to ignore the warnings of God, for the time will come when He will shake not just the Earth but also the Heavens, and all the material things that can be shaken will be shaken until only what cannot be shaken remains. Therefore, as God’s people we need to be in the Kingdom that cannot be shaken and worship Him with gratitude, reverence and awe. 

‘God is trying very hard to speak to us and how much clearer can He be than shaking the highest mountain in Malaysia? And people are still not listening. If we do not listen or hear and discern, it is either we’re dull, we’re spiritually insensitive, or we’re callous and careless, and we have literally lost our script,” Pr Chew cautioned. “We have to take what He is saying to us very seriously and we cannot trivialize the message of God.”

 

5 Messages from God

What is God saying to us at this time? Pr Chew communicated that God is trying to send 5 messages to us:

 

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Pr Chew Weng Chee of SIBKL.

 

The first is the message of Amaran/Warning: In the aforementioned passage of Hebrew 12:23-29, the word warning appears twice in verse 25, and the whole passage is a caution to God’s people to take heed when He speaks. The word warning here is a translation from the word Chrematizo meaning a warning by direct calling or revelation. And we who have the Holy Spirit living inside us, who belong to the church of the firstborn, must discern and not trivialize God’s warning.

The second is a message of Awakening: Why is God giving us a warning? Does God just delight in threats? No! By giving us a warning, God is telling us that we need to awaken our spirits. It is a call for us to awaken our spirit man. We cannot afford to slumber any more, not caring about the way we live and the things that are happening in our nation. We need to be concerned and pray like never before. God is telling us that it is time for our spirits to awaken and come alive!

 

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The third message is that God is Angry!: God is giving us very stern warning that we need to stop slumbering and come alive. Pr Chew shared that when God’s wrath is poured out, none will escape, ‘Do not think that just because we’re God’s people, we will escape the judgement”. In Ezekiel 38:18-19, God was angry with Gog and the war was with Gog, yet in verses 18-20, we read of a great earthquake happening in Israel.

God is justice personified and when He pours out His judgement, all of us sinners, even Christians, will feel His wrath. ‘There was collateral damage in Israel during the war with Gog. Never pray for judgment on the nation because when it comes, don’t think you’ll be able to escape. Christians too will be affected, just as the rain falls on everyone. God never asks us to pray for judgement but to intercede for our nation, to cry out to Him for mercy for its sake.”

Why is God angry with Malaysia? First of all, the nation has been very incompetent in managing its wealth. Corruption is rampant everywhere and people are in pursuit of a materialistic lifestyle without regard to God and their responsibility. We are indifferent to the poor, the aliens, and the suffering in our midst. We turn a blind eye to the plight of groups of people like the Rohingyas.

 

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There is rampant injustice in the land. There is incarceration of the land, and uncontrolled exploitation of the resources in this nation. The Earth belongs to the Lord and He has entrusted us as stewards over the land He has blessed us with, yet many have forgotten the Lord in their greed.

God is very serious when He is speaking but thanks be to Him that He is also full of grace and mercy. The fourth message is that God is asking us to Anticipate a revival. Why is God giving us all these warnings and signs of anger? Pr Chew communicated that God never delights in punishment. He wants us to return to Him and if He needs to shake the earth to get our attention, He will do so. ‘God wants us to stand in the gap,’ he communicated.

 

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Ref: cgcchurch.com

 

What must we do to anticipate a revival and so that we don’t miss the boat? We must Prepare; we need to set our relationships right with Him. We need to Position ourselves in the Lord. 2 Chronicles 20:17 is a potent reminder of this. When our positions are in God, the battle no longer becomes ours, and we only need to stand firm in them.

We need to Pray like never before. Without prayer, fear and confusion sets in and destroys. When we humble ourselves before God, seek for His forgiveness and turn from our wicked ways, God has promised that He will forgive our sins and heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).We need to Partner with God, encouraging one another to pray. We need to get our lives back in tune with God.  

 

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Ref: younganddevoted.com

 

The fifth message that God is telling us is that we need to Accelerate whatever we are doing now! As we gain traction, we need to continue pushing on and picking up the pace. There is a powerful passage in the Bible which illustrates this principle, and it’s found in 2 Samuel 5:23-24

David was at war with the Phillistines and God communicated to him. David was instructed to wait but to move quickly when the sound of marching army came from the top of the poplar trees near him for that meant that the Lord was moving ahead of him to strike down the enemy.  This is a lesson for Christians to be strategic in our working. As the forces of darkness envelops a nation, God moves as well. When God starts to move, we need to move quickly with Him.

This is a time for Malaysian Christians to stand in the gap. To pray for the government and that they’ll be God-fearing. To intercede and ask for God’s mercy upon our land. To take up our responsibilities and live out the life that God has called us to, in love for our nation.  

 

NOTE: This is a simplification of what the writer senses is an important and prophetic message shared by Pr Chew at SIBKL on the 5th of July 2015. For the full message, download it on SIBKL’s Sermon Downloads page on http://www.sibkl.org.my/what-s-on/latest-sermons.

 

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5 Comments

  1. Brothers and sisters in Christ. The war is over. God is not angry us, because the Lord Jesus Christ has paid the full punishment for sins at the cross. Nothing u do can ever separate u from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Dont be downcast or unhappy but know that He loves u and stay focused on Jesus and His love for u. Rgds Melvyn

    • There are many people who are taking this in the wrong way. What Pr Chew was sharing was not primarily about an angry God, it is about a holy God. If we read the happenings all over the world, we will know that spiritual warfare is far from over. God is not a God of hate but He is very concerned about the daily affairs on Earth and how men are treating and affecting others and the surrounding around them without regard to the sanctity of God. Furthermore, the main thrust is about Christians taking up their responsibility and standing in the gap, not just about the anger of God.

  2. I also strongly encourage readers to go on and listen to Pr Chew’s original message. While the article has been given permission by Pr Chew for publication, it is written from my personal receival & understanding, and through a process of simplification which may not reflect his message accurately in its full essence.

  3. Apart from what is written here, I would like to add things which I believe is relevant to the main topic, What is God saying? (Especially in the last days).

    We can come up with many ways to describe his way of teaching:
    parables, and also symbols representing things in Spirit or spiritual reference: yeast, Joshua (Zec 3), Today (Heb 3:13) and Elijah (John the Baptist).

    In fact it is all-encompasing:
    * Jn 3: Born again.
    * Mk 3:34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!
    * Mt 25:40 … whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
    * Lk 9:48 Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all—he is the greatest.”
    * Mt 16:12 Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

    Recognising that we are in the last days, let us get ready to be guided by the HS, who will prepare us to do the great work through Him, even revolutionary. Like Peter, we need no scholarly credentials, just Him to do the work as Peter saw in that vision.

    Through the Counselor, He will show us many things that is glorious in Him:
    * Jn 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
    * Jn 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
    * Col 2:3 in whom (Christ) are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

    Let us get ready worthy to bear His glorious name. Amen!

    Regards
    Brother-in-Christ

  4. Let us learn to wait (no grumbling, Jn 6:61) in that seeking (for revelation), earnest seeking, as:

    Heb 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

    Again in that seeking (Faith in waiting), let us be those chosen among many called.

    Regards

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