One group says every manifestation is of God and the other says every manifestation is of the devil. The truth is there are both real and fake Manifestations occurring. Manifestations like falling under the power, Holy Laughter are becoming common and it is high-time you learn the truth. There are lots of misconceptions in the Church when it comes to manifestations as many oppose every manifestation blindly. This principle will wipe out many misunderstandings- “You cannot have a counterfeit without a genuine article; You cannot have a false without the truth; you cannot have a wrong without a right.” Similarly if you have false or fake manifestations it clearly says that there are real, genuine manifestations too.
God is Spirit and He lives in the Spirit realm. When God shows up in the natural realm, unusual manifestations occur. When people encounter electric power they shake and fall or sometimes are thrown away. The same happens when God’s raw power invades the natural.
A confession to consider:
A man of God said-“During my early days of ministry, when crowds don’t turn up to my meetings. I place my own people in the crowd and will lay hands on them. They will fall on their own and the crowds will overflow. I faked. But now, when I lay hands on people they fall under God’s power for real”. I have personally seen people fall under God’s power when this man of God lays hands on them. This confession clearly shows that there can be both real and fake manifestations.
Spiritual Manifestations are both Biblical and Historical:
Some Christians have a special power to criticize. They call everything and anything-“It is of the devil”. If God doesn’t tell you-“It is of the devil” don’t leave out statements like that. Just take a leave saying-“I don’t know” because you may end up calling the Holy Spirit as the devil. If you don’t know something, the best thing to do is-“Shut up”.
I too had a problem with those manifestations until God showed me about manifestations in the Bible and in Church history. On the day of Pentecost, Holy Spirit came on the 120 and they were filled. During the first revival sermon, Peter explains what happened in the Upper room as the Outpouring prophesied by Joel as-“What you see and hear”. What did the people hear? The 120 speaking in tongues and praising God. What did the people see? Manifestations. What Manifestations? I don’t know but this verse proves that when God shows up there will be manifestations.
Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now “see and hear”. Acts 2:33(NKJV)
In the Garden of Gethsemane, when the soldiers asked who is Jesus? Jesus answered-“I am” and the Soldiers fell down. Why?. When every saint in the Bible had an encounter with God, they fell face down.
Jesus went out and asked, “Who is it you are looking for?”They answered, “Jesus from Nazareth.”“I am he,” Jesus said…When Jesus said, “I am he,” they moved back and “fell” to the ground. John 18:4-6(NCV)
Many Christians believe that Spiritual manifestations crawled into the Church during the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement. But it is nor true. Spiritual Manifestations didn’t pop up during the Charismatic movement, they have popped up throughout Church History whenever God showed up or whenever people allowed God to show up.
In the meetings of John Wesley(1703-1791), founder of Methodism, hundreds of people used to fall under the power at a time. The first time this manifestation took place is in his meeting is an eye-opener. A woman sitting in the front row fell down while Wesley was preaching. Wesley stopped his sermon and went down to examine her. Doctors came and examined her but couldn’t find out why. Some said-it is hypnotism and some said-it is the devil. Wesley told them-“We will know who it is when she wakes up” and waited for 45 mins. She woke up and said-“Praise the Lord. Glory to God” and Wesley shouted-“It is the Lord”. When she came back to her senses, she said that she had a vision of Jesus. I love the wisdom of Wesley, He just waited and tested it and didn’t write it off as false right away like most Christians.
The first time this manifestation took place in Charles Finney’s(1792-1875) meeting, it was viewed with suspicion. Later it was found that all who fell under the power were unsaved and got saved that day.
People will fall under the power in hundreds in the meetings of Sis. Maria Woodworth Etter(1844-1924) and most of the people who fall down will have visions. They will go down, see visions of Heaven or hell, then raise up saved. Judge everything by the fruit. During the Azusa street revival, people in the streets will also fall under God’s power. Reports tell us that People used to fall under the power while crossing the building in which D.L.Moody(1837-1899) was preaching.
The Bible says that when the believers were praying, the building started shaking. It was God’s power. If buildings can shake under God’s power why not humans?
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was “shaken”. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.Acts 4:31(NIV)
Falling under the power-Three types:
I believe in manifestations but am not saying that everything and anything is God. Falling under the power is one of the major manifestations seen in the Church. As we dig deeper into this, you will get an understanding on manifestations. It can be classified into three:
- Power fall: In this type, people fall under God’s power for real when hands are laid on them or without the laying on of hands.
- Courtesy fall: In this type, people fall on their own so that the preacher doesn’t get offended. Some preachers never take their hands off you unless you fall.
- Holy fall: In this type, people fall on their own so that others won’t look down on them. People think-“Everyone is falling down, if I don’t fall people will think am unholy”.
When people Fall under the power for real, they won’t get hurt. When they fake, they get hurt. The Bible calls-“laying on of hand” as a basic doctrine. It is not wrong to lay hands on people, it is biblical. It is not wrong for people to fall under God’s power. It is wrong when preachers push people down and it is dangerous.
Kathryn Kulhman was criticized that she was pushing people down. I saw a video of one of her healing services, in which a woman falls even before Kathryn lays her hand on her and Kathryn slams to the crowd-“That’s for my skeptics”. Doctors and Skeptics declared that it was the Power of God working miracles in her meetings.
Church History and Manifestations:
Many Historians and Scholars have covered up and thrown out everything that was weird to the human mind from Church history. A Real study of Church history will tell you that crazy manifestations were the norm. Every denominational movements, be it the Baptists or the Methodists or whatever, was birthed with crazy manifestations of God. Later, when the fire died down, people covered up the crazy stories and took the neat ones, and ended up playing nice and safe. Every denomination that is dead and dry and void of the move of the Holy Spirit now, was birthed out of Holy Ghost fire-tunnels. I have talked only about “falling under the power” because it is the Kindergarten manifestation of the Kingdom of God. I don’t want to make you go nuts now. Crazy, bizarre, weird, out-of-world and mind-bending manifestations like “this and that”(I don’t want to mention) have been common throughout church history. Manifestations of God are both biblical and historical.
Fake manifestations increasing:
Some see their favorite preachers do something and fake it in their meetings. You don’t have to imitate a man of God, listen to God and do what He says. If God tells you to do something, do. If He doesn’t, don’t do because if you try to do things on your own you will end up pushing people down. Lay hands on people for prayer but don’t push them. Don’t try to imitate someone and fake in the Spirit. “Faking in the Spirit hurts God”. Fake manifestations miss the Holy Spirit and open doors for demon spirits. I have had many complain to me about preachers trying to push them down. This is cheap and insults God.
In the next great revival, manifestations of God’s power will hit a higher level. I also don’t want you to be uninformed of the fact that fake manifestations will also increase. People will fake manifestations for popularity and mostly it will young leaders in the coming days. But Don’t miss the real stuff on seeing the fake.
When demons are being driven out, people will manifest as they manifested during Jesus’ ministry. Which is biblical and normal. There can also be demonic manifestations(not deliverance type manifestations) in the Church to deceive people and direct them in the wrong way. Wrong teaching and Wrong lifestyles will open the door for demonic manifestations. God releases Holy Ghost fire to touch His people and the devil releases Wild-fire to deceive people.
Purpose of Manifestations:
Manifestations reveal God’s Love and power, and makes the spiritual world more real. People get saved, have visions, get healed, and receive freedom during these manifestations. Good happens when God shows up because our God is a Good God.
Dividing the real and Fake:
I’m all for the manifestations of God but we must be able to divide between the real and the fake. There are made-up, cooked -up, fake manifestations and also demonic manifestations in the Church. Don’t cut off manifestations totally to be free from deception.
- The Bible says-“Test every spirit whether it is from God” and not “Test every spirit whether it is from the devil”. There is a difference. The Church follows the wrong test method-“is it the devil?? Is it the devil??” and cut off God most of the time. Specialists who are trained to detect fake money, are trained by being exposed to the real money so that when they see the fake they know it is fake because they know what the real looks like. Focus on God and let your testing method me-“Is it God??”.
- Everything that glorifies Jesus and agrees that Jesus came in the physical is of God.
- “Judge by its fruit” is the principle not “Judge by the manifestation”. God can manifest in whatever way He wants but He won’t bring forth bad fruit. So, check the fruit not the manifestation. If people are being saved, growing in love with God, getting healed and set free then it is God. If people are playing with sin and living like the devil, question the manifestation.
Don’t judge everything as real or everything as fake. There are both Real, fake and demonic manifestations in the Church. There can be a mixture of all the three in the same gathering. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Allow Him to tell you what is real and what is fake. Develop spiritual perception to know when God is moving. Don’t judge by your understanding or your denomination’ doctrines.