Yes, you’re right. Revival is now impossible

 

Yes, revival is now impossible.  Everything thing the pessimistic Christians say is true. They are right about our national morals, division and the deadness of the church  but they are forgetting one thing about revival…

Revival struck London through John Wesley when it was impossible.   One out every seven houses in London was a house of prostitution.  More people were attending seances than church.  Nearly 100,000 children lived like animals.  The London times had not mentioned Christmas for decades…not even once.

The Methodist revival under Wesley turned England into the world’s missionary leader.

Revival struck Kentucky when it was unthinkable.  This was the most lawless state in the union.  There was no police.  Every criminal on the run headed for Kentucky.  Murder, rape, and alcoholism were pandemic.  Revival flipped Kentucky so violently that it became the most zealously Christian state in America.

The early twentieth century was a far more skeptical era than today.  The blush of Darwinism and Marxism was so feverish that it was a foregone conclusion that Christianity would go away altogether. Scientists declared the age of reason and solemnly assured us that religion would be gone by the 1920s.

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Imagine in that atmosphere, if you were to have said in 1906, “a one eyed black man is going to rent a dingy horse livery on Azusa Street in downtown Los Angeles and start a movement that will engulf nearly 600 million people worldwide.”  

The point is that revivals are impossible…and when it looks totally impossible they happen.

You should also know what the church was preaching in those darkest moments before awakenings began.  Pulpits were filled with pessimists who instead of rebuking the despair joined in the chorus.  They declared the day of revival to be over!  Even that did not stop God.

How is it that revival can strike without warning in the most unpromising times and grow in the hardest soil?  The answer is that when darkness is intense we tend look at the wrong indicators.  It’s not that there are no warnings of revival it is simply that we do not know them when we see them because fear is so loud.

Look at today.  Do you see any signs of revival?  Most would say absolutely not.  They would say all of the same things that people have said before every outpouring of God.   The times are too evil.

That is the argument today.  We legalized gay marriage, drugs and we toy with Islam.  Our leaders are loons that are finding the best ways to drive us into extinction.  Churches are closing and 1,000 ministers are leaving the ministry every month.  You know the rest because you have heard a hundred times.

Atheists are boasting that the whole world in general is becoming secular and anti-supernatural.  The facts are just the opposite.  It is a very religious world, far more religious than it was 50 years ago.

Consider these statistics from sociologist Rodney Stark:

— 81 percent claim to belong to an organized religious faith, and most of the rest report engaging in religious activities such as prayer or making offerings to the gods in various “folk religion” temples.

— 74 percent say religion is an important part of their daily lives.

— 50 percent report they have attended a place of worship or religious service in the past seven days.

-In very few nations do as many as five percent claim to be atheists, and only in China, Vietnam, and South Korea do they exceed 20 percent.

-Furthermore, in every nook and cranny left by organized faiths, all manner of unconventional spiritual and mystical practices are booming. There are more occult healers than medical doctors in Russia, 38 percent of the French believe in astrology, 35 percent of the Swiss agree that “some fortune tellers really can foresee the future,” and nearly everyone in Japan is careful to have their new car blessed by a Shinto priest.

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To be sure, little of this is Christian but it is undeniable that the waters of supernatural hunger are being stirred worldwide.

Another sign is the evil of people itself.   For example, Saul of Tarsus was at the peak of his terrorism when he was violently converted. What no one but God knew was the growing desperation inside of this soon to be Paul the Apostle.   Societies are often at their worst right before revival.

What we do not want to do is miss revival when it hits!

Dark times can absorb our faith in the power of God.  Many believers find themselves in a condition that is truly worse than they ever imagined.  Pangs of fear grip men of God who were once lions in the pulpit.  We invent doctrines that fit our disappointment.  We build ministries based on our lowered expectations.

You need a healthy respect for the power of dark times to rob us of faith.  It has happened to the best of us.

500 people saw Jesus Christ ascend into the clouds.  Think about that.  In the face of such absolute proof that Jesus was the Son of God, how could they ever doubt?

As He ascended he told them to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Holy Spirit.  Surely they would wait…right?  Astonishingly, only 120 were still waiting in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost.  How is it possible in the face of so great an assurance that they would falter and abandon their posts?

Their world was filled with sudden terror from a wicked king, oppression from religious leaders, and tyranny from the Roman occupiers.  Their daily grind absorbed their zeal for the promises of God.

Do not be like the 380 people who missed one of the greatest moments in history.  Here are two things that you need to confess and say to your spirit so that you will not leave the upper room.

  1. Either it was always true or it was never true. Times do not alter truth. A lack of money does not change God’s word about prosperity.  Sickness does not nullify the fact of God’s healing power.  The evil of men does not overrule the supremacy of Christ.   If God promised you something, these dark times cannot stop their fulfillment.
  2. This will be like one of them. 1 Samuel 17: 4 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”

youth revivalIt is easy to say that evil is more intense and sophisticated than ever before.  Neither Saul, nor Israel had ever faced anything like Goliath before.  David said that it did not matter; this new threat would have the same outcome as all of the old threats.

Jesus is telling us to wait for the power that is about to break out no matter what.   Does revival look totally impossible to you?  Don’t worry, they all look that way until they happen.

2016 Murillo Christmas Village Video

 

I don’t golf. I don’t collect cars.  So, I learned how to make a village that told the story of Scrooge.  I hope you enjoy my little village video and the pictures.

In 1843, Dickens was the most famous writer in England.  Early that year, he made a strange request.  “Show me the most horrible parts of London.”  He set out with a guide late one night.  He thought he had steeled himself for what he might see. But nothing could have prepared him for the unbridled horror of seeing abandoned children living like animals in sub zero weather.

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Scarred for life, Dickens vowed he would strike a “sledge-hammer blow . . . on behalf of the Poor Man’s Child.”   He penned a tract entitled An appeal on behalf of the poor man’s child.

When and how the miracle happened is a matter of debate.  Many say that God gave Dickens a special message.  God told him his pamphlet would only have a limited impact but an original story would have endless impact.

Thus he created the sledge—hammer:  A Christmas Carol.

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The following are excerpts for Charles Dickens info.com

It only took Dickens about six weeks to write A Christmas Carol.  Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit helped speed up the process.  When Dickens wrote he “saw” his characters much like the way that young Ebenezer Scrooge saw the characters from the books he had read.  As Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol he said that the Cratchits were “ever tugging at his coat sleeve, as if impatient for him to get back to his desk and continue “the story of their lives”.

“Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.”   This line appears toward the beginning of the novel.  Dickens included this because of a dream.  He had dreamt that one of his good friends was pronounced to be “as dead Sir . . . as a door-nail”.

The Cratchit family is based on Dickens’ childhood home life. He lived in poor circumstances in a “two up two down” four roomed house which he shared with his parents and five siblings. Like Peter Cratchit, young Charles, the eldest boy, was often sent to pawn the family’s goods when money was tight. Like many poor families, the Cratchits had nothing in which to roast meat. They relied on the ovens of their local baker which were available on Sundays and Christmas when the bakery was closed.

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A Christmas Carol was first published in 1843.  Initially six thousand copies of the book were printed.  More copies were ordered after the first printing was sold in only five days.

Why does the story of Scrooge impact me so deeply?  First, it gives me—as well as most who have heard the story—a deep need to help the poor.

 

However, it hits me just as hard in another way.  It shows the power of creativity with a cause.  It shows us that we can be original without softening the blow of truth.  It shows us that God can deliver a sledge hammer to a corrupt culture in ways we never imagined.

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Scrooge rebukes cowardly Christian celebrities who can’t declare the whole counsel God and think it they are being creative when they hide truth.

Scrooge is also a spanking to the lazy preachers who refuse to press in and find a fresher way to deliver timeless truth.  We are not supposed to give out the truth like a cold plate of stale food.

Scrooge reminds us that God stands ready to give us power to pierce a culture with new weapons that are both fresh and effective.

 

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YOUR GREATEST HOUR

 

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 The art of doing what people say can’t be done.

By Mario Murillo

This is the hour of darkness, violence and perplexity.  This is the hour that sneers at hope—ridicules faith—taunts righteousness, and abhors dreams and visions.  The bullhorn of evil is drowns out any call to a just cause or a holy endeavor. It screams to every vessel of God, “You can’t do it—compromise or quit!

Hell is belching out defeatism—a defeatism so complete that its victim—redefines their failure and it becomes success.  

The government calls food stamps, condoms, needles, and methadone salvation for the needy.  The real message is “your highest hope is to live out your days in government slavery.”

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-The White House calls acts of surrender to our enemies, diplomatic solutions.

-The thug culture tells urban youth turning tricks, dealing drugs and looting stores beats honest work.

-Political correctness says “keep saying that Islam is a religion of peace because it will keep Muslims from acts of violence.”

-Moral relativists say you can’t overcome perverse desires—therefore they are natural.

-Church growth models tell pastors it is a win—if you remove the Cross, Blood and hell from your sermons—to get a crowd.  This model indeed herded people into harmless meetings…but by distracting God’s people from revival it helped hasten the moral landslide of America.

Recent history proves compromise is unnecessary.  Between 1965 and 1985, 25 million Americans were converted to Christ.  Ministries like Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, Kathryn Kuhlman, Pat Robertson, and Jerry Faldwell had a combined television audience of 40 million people. The largest arenas and stadiums filled with hungry hearts yearning for a true encounter with God.  Those preachers shifted America toward morality.

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We are constantly being told what we can’t do. America can’t believe in God.  You can’t hold a marriage together.  Christians can’t live in victory.  Students in our Bible School hear that they can’t have miracles and the power of the Holy Spirit.   The list of things that are now impossible grows longer each day.

We hear faith-killing statements everyday: “the day for that is past.  People don’t want to hear it anymore.  There are no resources for that.  You are too young.  You are told old.  You are not educated.  You are overqualified.

Are you sick of hearing that you can’t do great and mighty things?  Does your gut tell you some awesome intervention of God can still happen?  This can also be your greatest hour—the hour you practice the art of doing what others say you cannot do.   Now learn the art!

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1Every visionary that ever lived did what others told them they could not do.   As dark and evil as today is—as daunting as the task may seem—many have faced impossible limits like this before.   In fact, the tortured culture of today was vividly described in this verse: “Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.” –Daniel 11:32.   Here are two groups of people: 1.Those corrupted by flattery—seduced into believing that drunkenness and denial was natural.  2. Those that know God and do what their circumstances said they could not do.

This second group shakes off the despair, the religion and the threats of their time by knowing God.  This will take you to the next level.

2. Only you and God know what you can still do in this hour. No matter how many teachers you have, there is no substitute for your private relationship with Jesus.  He alone can tell you how to do the impossible.

Today, there is a core that is being pulled into an intimate knowledge of God.  He is drawing people to Himself—people who refuse to fear and be intimidated by what goes on around them.

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1 Samuel 30: 6 tells us, “Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”

David knew what the circumstances said.  He could hear the death threats.  What he wanted to hear was the voice of the God he had so passionately loved and served.  His cry is—“I know what life is telling me but what do YOU say?   Even when your life lies at your feet like sputtering rubble—like David’s did, the choice to trust God—to be led by God remains.

God said to David in 1 Samuel 30 verse 8 “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”  This guidance violated all reason!  It opposed logic…it was what everyone would have told David he could not do.

3.You can know with absolute certainty God wants you to do—and when you know, you will become unstoppable. What are the threats of this time compared to God? Paul said, “If God be for us who can be against us.”   If God has spoken, how can your lack of resources matter?  How will He not provide?  If He says it is doable that settles it.

 

It is clear that the times we live in require wisdom and power that we can’t imagine.  The sheer sophistication of evil can overwhelm us.  Nevertheless there is no excuse to compromise.  No one has the right to tell God that reaching this generation is beyond the power of the Word of God.   We can do things to win America that people say we can’t do!

There are more ideas and tactics discovered with the help of the Bible—ideas that will reveal God’s will to the masses—push back the power of Satan—and do more good for this generation than all of the learning of philosophers and politicians combined.

There is unlimited authority and strength available through the Holy Spirit.  Do you really think He won’t show you what to do about your church, your career, your problems and your needs?  It for these matters that Jesus sent Him to us!

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4. Know when to start. When you know God, and you know what He wants you to do then you must start.  You must set the time.  You must take that first step to do what you know you are supposed to do.  He may only give you a first step…but when you take that step you will know what the next step is.

Finally: The greatest vessels of God appear in times of calamity and confusion. This day of trouble is your opportunity to be your best, to be more than you ever imagined you could be.

To do what others say you can’t do is the most eloquent act of defiance against fear: The moment you decide to stand, fight and build you will release the power of the Holy Spirit.  Unknown reserves of courage will well up within you!

Never forget that this will all soon be over:  In heaven, you will only regret what you did not leave on the field of battle.  It is the steps untaken, and the challenges avoided that will haunt you.

This will all soon be over.  The threat that seems so big now will look so puny there.   So let me ask you…what are you saving your courage for?  What are you withholding your talent, resources and dreams for?   Surely they are all for such a time as this.  This is your greatest hour—the hour that you did what others said you could not do.

 

Now I want to invite you to a convention that will help turn America around!

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We three voices agree.  A supernatural intervention unlike anything we have seen in history must come or America is finished.  The church in America has been struck by an iceberg.  Over one thousand preachers a month are leaving the ministry defeated by the open hostility of our culture and the draining effect of lukewarm believers.  We cannot go on this way.  We must rise and face the challenge of a godless America.

This convention will confront the threat against the American Church head on.  We have brushed aside all of the frills and distractions you may associate with religious conventions.  Our focus is for you to receive fresh fire and direction.

The Living Proof World Convention will be held at New Life Church   March 3- 4- 5 New Life Church 10800 Hammerly Blvd, Houston, TX 77043   church Phone (713) 932-1479  

DIRECT CONVENTION LINE:  (775) 432 1665

There is no registration fee for the convention but you must register.  Do not delay click the link below 

Click on the link below to register right now!

http://mariomurillo.org/living-proof-world-convention/

If you have any further questions please call us at  775 432 1665

 

Mario Murillo responds to Hillsong firestorm

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Mario Murillo responds to Hillsong firestorm

By Mario Murillo

I republished a blog about Hillsong that was written by Andrew Walker.  Some have said that I was unfair because  Hillsong had clarified its position of Homosexuality–a complaint in the blog–and  this is old news.

The article was republished because the clarification settled nothing.  The wording of the clarification projects selective offense.  in other words, it appeases one group but casts another aside.

At first I thought the video of Silent Night  was a total prank…then I was dismayed to learn it was real.. I thought why bother any pretense of church… just hire the cast from Chicago to do  I know a girl.

While I will not call the video blasphemy–it certainly tells conservative Christians what they can do with their concerns.

In desperately caring for what secularists think, they do not care what sincere believers–or thinkers for that matter–think. They will still not call sin-sin from the pulpit.  The issue that is burning in my spirit is not about accepting all people—but helping all people.

But what sealed the deal is the fact that this “rendition” of Silent Night  met with widespread rejection last year  both within and without the Church…they are going to repeat it on the 20th in London.     

Now about that clarification on homosexuality:  It does not help gay people when you say you can attend, participate and be everything but a leader.   If your goal is to make them feel accepted…that doesn’t work.  Instead the acceptance/nonacceptance diminishes both the sinner and the Gospel.  The only thing it upgrades is homosexuality.  It upgrades from it from a sin that needs to be abandoned to a personality flaw to be eased out of.

Imagine Victory Outreach or Teen Challenge saying you can be a part of everything except leadership but it is okay to keep your drug addiction while you are here.  But you might say—those are rehabilitation centers not churches.  Listen to yourself…if the church is not for rehabilitation what is it for?

It is infinitely more honest—and loving—to say we believe it is sin but we want you to know you can be set free.

We must have the awkward conversation that identifies the need and the cure.   There is no Christian cooling off period for sin.   Would we counsel the adulterer “sit and consider your character flaw and–in the meantime– feel welcome to all aspects of our faith except leadership.”

For years I have been careful not to name names when it came to seeker churches.  That season is over because I believe that Hillsong is now doing more harm than good.   Take, for example, this travesty of Christmas that they are foisting on the public.

If you look at the video you will conclude as I have:  THEY ARE NOT MAKING CHRISTIANITY LOOK BETTER THEY ARE MAKING CABARET MUSIC LOOK WORSE.

 

Now read what others are publishing about Hillsong London

 ‘About Jesus’? Hillsong ‘Sells Out’ Advertised Xmas Services With Dancing Elves, Santa, Mini-Skirt Flappers

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LONDON — Hillsong London’s two advertised Xmas services that are said to be all “about Jesus,” but feature clips of Santa Claus, dancing elves, mini-skirt-wearing flappers and other concerning aspects, have both sold out.

“#HillsongCarols is now at capacity for both services at 3pm & 7:30pm,” the congregation posted on Dec. 9. “There will be no tickets on the door.”

 Hillsong London had advertised the upcoming services, to be held at the SSE Arena in Wembley on Sunday, with clips from last year’s event. The snippets capture a packed house of cheering attendees being showered in ticker tape and the various high-energy performances that include an appearance by a man dressed as Santa with his host of elves.

“Carols at The SSE Arena is a night that is focused on celebrating what Christmas is really about – JESUS!” reads a description under the promotional video.

 Video footage of various full performances at the 2014 show were also posted online by Hillsong London, which is arguably the largest congregation in the London area.

One performance features the carol “Silent Night” set to a nightclub-like setting with 1920’s-style flappers. The jazzy rendition features a woman in a short two-piece outfit that is cut low in the back and reveals her midsection when her arms are raised. A flapper is defined as “a young woman of the 1920’s who rebelled against conventional ideas of ladylike behavior and dress.”

Another video of the “Little Drummer Boy” featuring shirtless men pounding on drums while a woman in tight gold leather pants belts out the song as she stands in thick fog.

Other footage online shows a beatbox rap rendition of “Silent Night” and a woman dressed in a spaceman-type outfit.

Last year, Hillsong originally offered just one service, but because it sold out quickly, a second was scheduled. This year, both services sold out within days.

In an interview with the England Evangelical Alliance, Hillsong London leader Gary Clarke said that “[t]he aim for Hillsong Carols is to have a church event where people easily could bring their friends and family to, in the hope they encounter Jesus and His message of grace.”

“The main difference [between the event and a Sunday service] is that Hillsong Carols is more of a production, with focus on different items that tell the story of God sending His son Jesus to earth, rather than an actual service,” he explained. “There are still elements of a normal service though, such as praise, worship and a short message.”

But some have expressed concern over the nature of the event, with one man writing under the promotional video, “How do you justify the use of worldly music, erotic stage dancers which is nothing short of a Vegas act, and call it Christian? It’s a fair question.”

Geoffrey Grider of Now the End Begins likewise expressed dismay at the presentation.

“Because after all, it’s just not a proper celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ without roaring 20’s flappers, rock bands, hoochie coochie dancers, laser light shows and lots and lots of leg in a nightclub setting,” he wrote in a blog post on Wednesday. “Happy Birthday, Jesus, hope you like it.

The Impossibility Factor

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The Impossibility Factor: Revivals are always  impossible until they happen

Mario Murillo

Revival has never looked more impossible in America.  The thing is that really doesn’t mean anything. Revivals are always impossible until they happen.

Revival struck London through John Wesley when it was impossible.   One out every seven houses in London was a house of prostitution.  More people were attending séances than church.  Nearly 100,000 children lived like animals.  The London times had not mentioned Christmas for decades…not even once.

Revival came anyway and England became the world’s missionary leader.

Revival struck Kentucky when it was unthinkable.  This was the most lawless state in the union.  There was no police.  Every criminal on the run headed for Kentucky.  Murder, rape, and alcoholism were pandemic.  Revival flipped Kentucky so violently that it became the most zealously Christian state in America.

The early twentieth century was a far more skeptical era than today.  The blush of Darwinism and Marxism was so feverish that it was a foregone conclusion that Christianity would go away altogether. Scientists declared the age of reason and solemnly assured us that religion would be gone by the 1920s.

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Imagine in that atmosphere, if you were to have said in 1906, “a one eyed black man is going to rent a dingy horse livery on Azusa Street in downtown Los Angeles and start a movement that will engulf nearly 600 million people worldwide.”  The men in white would have been sent for you.

As I said in a recent post: We have so many wrong ideas about millennials and we have so much ignorance about Azusa Street!

We hear preachers say “millennials” ainsert 3re too skeptical and cannot handle Bible doctrine.  That is so wrong.   Did you know that Darwin and Karl Marx were more popular at the time of the Azusa Street Revival than he is today?  In fact, fundamentalism was organized at that time to stem the tide of atheism, Marxism, and a worldwide rejection of the Bible.

God’s remedy for the dark, disbelieving early 20th Century was to pour out His Spirit.   And that is the answer for today!

The point is that revivals are impossible until they happen.   Focus on the evil and you will feel despair.  Concentrate on the inherent unstoppable nature of past revivals and you will seek revival correctly.

You should also know what the church was preaching in those darkest moments before awakenings began.  Pulpits were filled with pessimists who instead of rebuking the despair joined in the chorus.  They declared the day of revival to be over!  Even that did not stop God.

How is it that revival can strike without warning in the most unpromising times and grow in the hardest soil?  The answer is that when darkness is intense we tend look at the wrong indicators.  It’s not that there are no warnings of revival it is simply that we do not know them when we see them because fear is so loud.insert 2

Look at today.  Do you see any signs of revival?  Most would say absolutely not.  They would say all of the same things that people have said before every outpouring of God.   The times are too evil.

That is the argument today.  We legalized gay marriage, drugs and we toy with Islam.  Our leaders are loons that are finding the best ways to drive us into extinction.  Churches are closing and 1,000 ministers are leaving the ministry every month.  You know the rest because you have heard a hundred times.

Atheists are boasting that the whole world in general is becoming secular and anti-supernatural.  The facts are just the opposite.  It is a very religious world, far more religious than it was 50 years ago.

Consider these statistics from sociologist Rodney Stark:

— 81 percent claim to belong to an organized religious faith, and most of the rest report engaging in religious activities such as prayer or making offerings to the gods in various “folk religion” temples.

— 74 percent say religion is an important part of their daily lives.

— 50 percent report they have attended a place of worship or religious service in the past seven days.

-In very few nations do as many as five percent claim to be atheists, and only in China, Vietnam, and South Korea do they exceed 20 percent.

-Furthermore, in every nook and cranny left by organized faiths, all manner of unconventional spiritual and mystical practices are booming. There are more occult healers than medical doctors in Russia, 38 percent of the French believe in astrology, 35 percent of the Swiss agree that “some fortune tellers really can foresee the future,” and nearly everyone in Japan is careful to have their new car blessed by a Shinto priest.

Don’t be fooled by the fact that little of this looks Christian…the waters of supernatural hunger are being stirred worldwide and truth must surrender to Christ.insert 4

Another sign is the evil of people itself.   For example, Saul of Tarsus was at the peak of his terrorism when he was violently converted. What no one but God knew was the growing desperation inside of this soon to be Paul the Apostle.   Societies are often at their worst right before revival.

What we do not want to do is miss revival when it hits!

Dark times can absorb our faith in the power of God.  Many believers find themselves in a condition that is truly worse than they ever imagined.  Pangs of fear grip men of God who were once lions in the pulpit.  We invent doctrines that fit our disappointment.  We build ministries based on our lowered expectations.

You need a healthy respect for the power of dark times to rob us of faith.  It has happened to the best of us.

500 people saw Jesus Christ ascend into the clouds.  Think about that.  In the face of such absolute proof that Jesus was the Son of God, how could they ever doubt?

As He ascended he told them to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Holy Spirit.  Surely they would wait…right?  Astonishingly, only 120 were still waiting in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost.  How is it possible in the face of so great an assurance that they would falter and abandon their posts?

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Their world was filled with sudden terror from a wicked king, oppression from religious leaders, and tyranny from the Roman occupiers.  Their daily grind absorbed their zeal for the promises of God.

Do not be like the 380 people who missed one of the greatest moments in history.  Here are two things that you need to confess and say to your spirit so that you will not leave the upper room.

  1. Either it was always true or it was never true. Times do not alter truth. A lack of money does not change God’s word about prosperity.  Sickness does not nullify the fact of God’s healing power.  The evil of men does not overrule the supremacy of Christ.   If God promised you something, these dark times cannot stop their fulfillment.
  2. This will be like one of them. 1 Samuel 17: 4 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”

youth revivalIt is easy to say that evil is more intense and sophisticated than ever before.  Neither Saul, nor Israel had ever faced anything like Goliath before.  David said that it did not matter; this new threat would have the same outcome as all of the old threats.

Jesus is telling us to wait for the power that is about to break out no matter what.   Does revival look totally impossible to you?  Don’t worry, they all look that way until they happen.

Revivals are impossible until they happen

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Revivals are  impossible until they happen

Mario Murillo

Revival struck London through John Wesley when it was impossible.   One out every seven houses in London was a house of prostitution.  More people were attending séances than church.  Nearly 100,000 children lived like animals.  The London times had not mentioned Christmas for decades…not even once.  England became the world’s missionary leader.

Revival struck Kentucky when it was unthinkable.  This was the most lawless state in the union.  There was no police.  Every criminal on the run headed for Kentucky.  Murder, rape, and alcoholism were pandemic.  Revival flipped Kentucky so violently that it became the most zealously Christian state in America.

The early twentieth century was a far more skeptical era than today.  The blush of Darwinism and Marxism was so feverish that it was a foregone conclusion that Christianity would go away altogether. Scientists declared the age of reason and solemnly assured us that religion would be gone by the 1920s.

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Imagine in that atmosphere, if you were to have said in 1906, “a one eyed black man is going to rent a dingy horse livery on Azusa Street in downtown Los Angeles and start a movement that will engulf nearly 600 million people worldwide.”  The men in white would have been sent for you.

The point is that revivals are impossible until they happen.

You should also know what the church was preaching in those darkest moments before awakenings began.  Pulpits were filled with pessimists who instead of rebuking the despair joined in the chorus.  They declared the day of revival to be over!  Even that did not stop God.

How is it that revival can strike without warning in the most unpromising times and grow in the hardest soil?  The answer is that when darkness is intense we tend look at the wrong indicators.  It’s not that there are no warnings of revival it is simply that we do not know them when we see them because fear is so loud.

Look at today.  Do you see any signs of revival?  Most would say absolutely not.  They would say all of the same things that people have said before every outpouring of God.   The times are too evil.

That is the argument today.  We legalized gay marriage, drugs and we toy with Islam.  Our leaders are loons that are finding the best ways to drive us into extinction.  Churches are closing and 1,000 ministers are leaving the ministry every month.  You know the rest because you have heard a hundred times.

Atheists are boasting that the whole world in general is becoming secular and anti-supernatural.  The facts are just the opposite.  It is a very religious world, far more religious than it was 50 years ago.

Consider these statistics from sociologist Rodney Stark:

— 81 percent claim to belong to an organized religious faith, and most of the rest report engaging in religious activities such as prayer or making offerings to the gods in various “folk religion” temples.

— 74 percent say religion is an important part of their daily lives.

— 50 percent report they have attended a place of worship or religious service in the past seven days.

-In very few nations do as many as five percent claim to be atheists, and only in China, Vietnam, and South Korea do they exceed 20 percent.

-Furthermore, in every nook and cranny left by organized faiths, all manner of unconventional spiritual and mystical practices are booming. There are more occult healers than medical doctors in Russia, 38 percent of the French believe in astrology, 35 percent of the Swiss agree that “some fortune tellers really can foresee the future,” and nearly everyone in Japan is careful to have their new car blessed by a Shinto priest.

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To be sure, little of this is Christian but it is undeniable that the waters of supernatural hunger are being stirred worldwide.

Another sign is the evil of people itself.   For example, Saul of Tarsus was at the peak of his terrorism when he was violently converted. What no one but God knew was the growing desperation inside of this soon to be Paul the Apostle.   Societies are often at their worst right before revival.

What we do not want to do is miss revival when it hits!

Dark times can absorb our faith in the power of God.  Many believers find themselves in a condition that is truly worse than they ever imagined.  Pangs of fear grip men of God who were once lions in the pulpit.  We invent doctrines that fit our disappointment.  We build ministries based on our lowered expectations.

You need a healthy respect for the power of dark times to rob us of faith.  It has happened to the best of us.

500 people saw Jesus Christ ascend into the clouds.  Think about that.  In the face of such absolute proof that Jesus was the Son of God, how could they ever doubt?

As He ascended he told them to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Holy Spirit.  Surely they would wait…right?  Astonishingly, only 120 were still waiting in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost.  How is it possible in the face of so great an assurance that they would falter and abandon their posts?

Their world was filled with sudden terror from a wicked king, oppression from religious leaders, and tyranny from the Roman occupiers.  Their daily grind absorbed their zeal for the promises of God.

Do not be like the 380 people who missed one of the greatest moments in history.  Here are two things that you need to confess and say to your spirit so that you will not leave the upper room.

  1. Either it was always true or it was never true. Times do not alter truth. A lack of money does not change God’s word about prosperity.  Sickness does not nullify the fact of God’s healing power.  The evil of men does not overrule the supremacy of Christ.   If God promised you something, these dark times cannot stop their fulfillment.
  2. This will be like one of them. 1 Samuel 17: 4 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”

youth revivalIt is easy to say that evil is more intense and sophisticated than ever before.  Neither Saul, nor Israel had ever faced anything like Goliath before.  David said that it did not matter; this new threat would have the same outcome as all of the old threats.

Jesus is telling us to wait for the power that is about to break out no matter what.   Does revival look totally impossible to you?  Don’t worry, they all look that way until they happen.

AMAZING RALLIES AGAINST TERRORISM OVERTAKE EUROPE

Thousands gather to show their solidarity with Charlie Hebdo victims in France and Britain as Francois Hollande declares tomorrow a day of mourning

  • As darkness fell on Paris, people carrying placards, candles and French flags gathered in the Place de la Republique
  • Protesters carried signs with words #JeSuisCharlie – I am Charlie – in support of murdered Charlie Hebdo journalists
  • Thousands also gathered in French cities of Nice and Rennes – and outside French embassy in Berlin 
  • Masked gunmen stormed the satirical weekly’s office in the capital with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades
  • Attackers reportedly heard shouting ‘Allahu akbar!’ and ‘the Prophet has been avenged’ as they stalked building 
  • Newspaper had earlier posted a picture of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on its Twitter account
  • Publication’s offices were previously firebombed in 2011 for publishing satirical cartoon of Prophet Mohammed

As darkness fell across Europe, tens of thousands took to the streets to show their solidarity with those killed by gunmen at the offices of satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Many of the protesters, meeting in Paris, Madrid and Berlin, have adopted the slogan ‘Je Suis Charlie’ – I am Charlie – holding up banners and placards printed with the words. Others were seen carrying enlarged versions of the some of the newspaper’s anti-Islamist cartoons.

In London, hundreds of people filled Trafalgar Square at a silent vigil for those killed when masked gunmen stormed the newspaper’s headquarters. Many held pens, pencils and notebooks in the air to show their support for the journalists, cartoonists and police officers who lost their lives.

The gatherings were held as French President Francoise Hollande declared tomorrow a day of national mourning tomorrow in respect for the victims of this morning’s attack.

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Unity: Protesters hold up their phones at a vigil held in Toulouse. Francoise Hollande has declared tomorrow a day of national mourning

Unity: Protesters hold up their phones at a vigil held in Toulouse. Francoise Hollande has declared tomorrow a day of national mourning

Touching: The steps of a public building in Lyon are lit with candles as thousands of people gather to show support for Charlie Hebdo

Touching: The steps of a public building in Lyon are lit with candles as thousands of people gather to show support for Charlie Hebdo

Basic right: Standing in support of the freedom of the press, these protesters hold an illuminated sign at a gathering in the centre of Paris

Basic right: Standing in support of the freedom of the press, these protesters hold an illuminated sign at a gathering in the centre of Paris

London: The mood was sombre in Trafalgar Square as protesters with posters reading 'Je Suis Charlie' showed their solidarity with France

London: The mood was sombre in Trafalgar Square as protesters with posters reading ‘Je Suis Charlie’ showed their solidarity with France

Tribute: Outside the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, protesters held paper lanterns as they met to remember those who have died

Tribute: Outside the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, protesters held paper lanterns as they met to remember those who have died

Barcelona: In a sign of support of the journalists who lost their lives today, protesters held pens, pencils and notebooks in the air

Barcelona: In a sign of support of the journalists who lost their lives today, protesters held pens, pencils and notebooks in the air

Unity: Tens of thousands of people have tonight joined peaceful rallies in support of the people killed at the massacre in central Paris

Unity: Tens of thousands of people have tonight joined peaceful rallies in support of the people killed at the massacre in central Paris

At the Place de la Republique, in central Paris, less than half a mile from the Charlie Hebdo offices, protesters stood shoulder to shoulder, proudly holding ‘Je Suis Charlie’ signs above their heads. Similar peaceful protests were held in the French cities of Rennes, Nice and Lyon.

In central London, the mood was sombre as a large crowd gathered in front of The National Gallery, to express a mute horror at the events in the French capital. Dozens of French people were among them, along with those of other nationalities who came to show they would not bow to terrorism.

And in a show of support for the European neighbours, Germans gathered outside the French embassies in Berlin and Madrid tonight – signs illuminated by candlelight.

The crowds were gathered in support of 12 people – including four of France’s most revered cartoonists – who were executed by masked attackers, brandishing Kalashnikovs, who burst into the Charlie Hebdo headquarters, opening fire on staff after seeking out journalists by name.

They headed straight for the paper’s editor and cartoonist, Stephane Charbonnier, killing him and his police bodyguard. The security had been recruited to protect him after extremists firebombed the offices in 2011 over a satirical cartoon about the Prophet Mohammed.

A year later, Mr Charbonnier famously dismissed threats against his life, declaring: ‘I would rather die standing than live kneeling.’

The militants also killed three other renowned cartoonists – men who had regularly satirised Islam – and the newspaper’s deputy chief editor.

Pride: In the Place de la Republique in Paris, some of those gathered proudly carried the Tricolor - the country's national flag

Pride: In the Place de la Republique in Paris, some of those gathered proudly carried the Tricolor – the country’s national flag

Support: Crowds of people carrying 'Je Suis Charlie' placards met in the centre of Nice, in the south of France tonight in a show of solidarity

Support: Crowds of people carrying ‘Je Suis Charlie’ placards met in the centre of Nice, in the south of France tonight in a show of solidarity

Defiance: In a show of solidarity for their European neighbours, this group of protesters met outside the French embassy in Berlin tonight

Defiance: In a show of solidarity for their European neighbours, this group of protesters met outside the French embassy in Berlin tonight

'Je Suis Charlie': Many of the protesters have adopted the slogan 'I am Charlie' in a show of support for the murdered Charlie Hebdo journalists

‘Je Suis Charlie’: Many of the protesters have adopted the slogan ‘I am Charlie’ in a show of support for the murdered Charlie Hebdo journalists

Peaceful: Hundreds have started to gather in the Place de la Republique in the centre of the capital. Similar meetings are being held in Rennes

Peaceful: Hundreds have started to gather in the Place de la Republique in the centre of the capital. Similar meetings are being held in Rennes

Peaceful: Hundreds have started to gather in the Place de la Republique in the centre of the capital. Similar meetings are being held in Rennes

Protesters in Trafalgar Square, London, held up pens and notebooks in a show of support for the journalists who lost their lives

Protesters in Trafalgar Square, London, held up pens and notebooks in a show of support for the journalists who lost their lives

Respect: Hundreds of people stood in silence in Nice on Wednesday night - a moving tribute to those who lost their lives today

Respect: Hundreds of people stood in silence in Nice on Wednesday night – a moving tribute to those who lost their lives today

Slogan: 'Je Suis Charlie' posters were held by many in Nice. Others waved banners with slogans such as 'Press freedom has no price'

Slogan: ‘Je Suis Charlie’ posters were held by many in Nice. Others waved banners with slogans such as ‘Press freedom has no price’

Close: This gathering took place in the Place de la Republique in Paris – less than half a mile from where the massacre took place today

Response: Masked attackers brandishing Kalashnikovs burst into the Charlie Hebdo headquarters today, tonight people gathered in support

Response: Masked attackers brandishing Kalashnikovs burst into the Charlie Hebdo headquarters today, tonight people gathered in support

People paid tribute to those who died today by organising peaceful rallies in Paris, other French cities and overseas

People paid tribute to those who died today by organising peaceful rallies in Paris, other French cities and overseas

People gathered in support as journalists around the world led the trend for the hashtag, which translates as 'I am Charlie'

People gathered in support as journalists around the world led the trend for the hashtag, which translates as ‘I am Charlie’

The attack not only targeted the lives of innocent people, but also the freedom of the press, said Professor Anthony Glees, Director, Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (BUCSIS) at the University of Buckingham.

It was this freedom, one of the core values of all Western democracies that is also being supported by those gathered in streets and squares across Europe tonight.

Some waved banners with slogans such as ‘Press freedom has no price’ and ‘Charb mort libre’ (Charb died free), a reference to the newspaper’s slain editor-in-chief Stephane Charbonnier.

Others wore black stickers marked ‘Je suis Charlie’ (I am Charlie), a slogan aimed at showing solidarity with the victims of the deadliest attack in France in decades.

‘It’s terrible that these people were murdered. In future, no-one will be able to speak his mind. We have to demonstrate in our thousands,’ said Beatrice Cano, a demonstrator in her fifties, who was carrying the latest issue of Charlie Hebdo.

A protester in Trafalgar Square, Dean Stoker, a 38-year-old architect from London, said: ‘I am just here out of solidarity. I was really sickened by what I saw today. It is an incredibly important thing, freedom of the press and tolerance of others.’

The mood was sombre in Trafalgar Square, central London, as hundreds gathered in a show of solidarity with those murdered today

Candle tribute in Marseille

Floral tribute in Istanbul

People look on at Charlie Hebdo written in candles at Old Port of Marseille (left) and flowers are left outside the French consulate in Istanbul

Thousands of people in the centre of Lyon for a moment of silence as they pay their respects to the victims on the deadly attacks in Paris

Thousands of people in the centre of Lyon for a moment of silence as they pay their respects to the victims on the deadly attacks in Paris

Members of the European Parliament, above, were among those who took to the streets of Brussels to pay tribute of today's attack

Members of the European Parliament, above, were among those who took to the streets of Brussels to pay tribute of today’s attack

Candles and cards with 'Je Suis Charlie' create a makeshift shrine in a corner of the Place de la Republique in Paris

Candles and cards with ‘Je Suis Charlie’ create a makeshift shrine in a corner of the Place de la Republique in Paris

Alice Blanc, 19, a law and development student studying in London but originally from Paris, held up a quote often attributed to Voltaire, saying: ‘I do no agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to death your right to say it.’

She said: ‘I don’t think a country like France today should have a problem with freedom of speech.

‘No matter what a journalist or magazine has to say, even if it is not what the majority of people think, they still have the right to say it without feeling in danger, which is the case today.’

Esther Benjoar, 25, a Parisian who has lived in London for the last two years, said: ‘It is people like you and I who went to work today who got killed for their passion, their job.

‘It is the right that the French republic gave them to say what they want to say, and they got killed because of that. They didn’t do anything wrong and I think it is time for France to fight against terrorism.’

After more than half an hour of quiet vigil, a woman’s French voice pierced the silence. She shouted: ‘Freedom of the press! Freedom of speech!’

A woman lights a candle during a gathering at the Place de la Republique, another example of the peaceful protests being held tonight

A woman lights a candle during a gathering at the Place de la Republique, another example of the peaceful protests being held tonight

London: Crowds also gathered outside the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square in a show of support of those murdered in Paris today

London: Crowds also gathered outside the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square in a show of support of those murdered in Paris today

Madrid: People holding makeshift banners reading Je Suis Charlie gathered outside the French embassy in Madrid, in another organised rally

Madrid: People holding makeshift banners reading Je Suis Charlie gathered outside the French embassy in Madrid, in another organised rally

Geneva: Candles and a Je Suis Charlie mark another peaceful protest organised in solidarity. This one took place in Switzerland

Geneva: Candles and a Je Suis Charlie mark another peaceful protest organised in solidarity. This one took place in Switzerland

The protests were held as French President Francoise Hollande (pictured tonight) declared tomorrow a national day of mourning

The protests were held as French President Francoise Hollande (pictured tonight) declared tomorrow a national day of mourning

This afternoon, horrific footage of the attack emerged showing an injured police officer slumped on the pavement as two gunmen approached him outside the office minutes later.

In an apparent desperate plea for his life, the officer is seen slowly raising his hand towards one of the attackers, who responds by callously shooting him in the head at point-blank range.

Despite a shoot-out with armed officers, the ‘calm and highly disciplined’ men were able to escape in a hijacked car and remain on the loose.

The attack today comes after a series of strikes on shoppers in French cities in the lead up to Christmas.

Throughout the day, thousands of Twitter users have been expressing their solidarity with the news magazine with the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie after the attack at their offices this morning.

Journalists around the world led the trend for the hashtag, which translates as ‘I am Charlie’, as events following the massacre unfolded this afternoon.

By 4.15pm, nearly five hours after three gunmen stormed the building and opened fire in the Charlie Hebdo newsroom, it had already been tweeted more than 250,000 times, according to one social analytics website.

#JeSuisCharlie began trending worldwide about an hour after news of the attack broke, with users expressing sympathy for the victims and support for free speech.

Many of the tweets included satirical cartoons, including one published in 2012 by New Yorker magazine of a blank square with the message: ‘Please enjoy this culturally, ethnically, religiously and politically correct cartoon responsibly. Thank you’.

Another tweet under the hashtag by David Pope, political cartoonist at The Canberra Times in Australia, included a cartoon showed a masked gunman standing next to the corpse of a cartoonist. A speech bubble says: ‘He drew first.’

Among the first to use the hashtag was Thierry Puget, who made the graphic at the top of this story, which has been widely retweeted by others expressing solidarity with the magazine.

Others posted images of Charlie Hebdo’s most famous and controversial front covers of recent years, including one of an issue supposedly guest-edited by the Prophet Muhammad promising ‘a hundred lashes if you don’t die laughing.’

Assault: The attack in Paris today follows pre-Christmas attacks on hoppers in various parts of France. Above, protesters in Toulouse tonight

Assault: The attack in Paris today follows pre-Christmas attacks on hoppers in various parts of France. Above, protesters in Toulouse tonight

Social movement: Je Suis Charlie, a slogan that was first shared on Twitter this afternoon, was adopted by protesters in Nice (left) and (Paris)

Standing in front of a large Christmas tree in the city centre, protesters gather in Strasbourg, eastern France to show their support

Standing in front of a large Christmas tree in the city centre, protesters gather in Strasbourg, eastern France to show their support

President Francois Hollande described the bloodbath as a ‘barbaric attack against France and against journalists’ and vowed to hunt down those responsible.

As well as the AK47 assault rifles, there were also reports of a rocket-propelled grenade being used in the attack, which took place during the publication’s weekly editorial meeting, meaning all the journalists would have been present.

They are said to have sought out staff ‘by name’, according to a police source, adding that Charbonnier, known as Charb, a cartoonist responsible for an anti-Islam front page, was among those killed.

Mr Charbonnier was included in a 2013 Wanted Dead or Alive for Crimes Against Islam article published by Inspire, the terrorist propaganda magazine published by Al Qaeda. Cartoonists Cabu, Tignous and Wolinski were all also reported dead.

Speaking to MailOnline, Professor Glees said it was not yet clear whether the killings were in an act of retaliation for a recently tweeted cartoon mocking Islamic State leader Dr Al-Baghdadi, or for the publication of a tasteless cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad in 2011.

Crowds gathered on the streets of Geneva, Switzerland, with some protesters holding copies of Charlie Hebdo and others carrying signs

Crowds gathered on the streets of Geneva, Switzerland, with some protesters holding copies of Charlie Hebdo and others carrying signs

The 'Je Suis Charlie' slogan is given a Spanish translation - Yo Soy Charlie - on this shrine near the EU headquarters in Brussels

The ‘Je Suis Charlie’ slogan is given a Spanish translation – Yo Soy Charlie – on this shrine near the EU headquarters in Brussels

People walk past flowers that have been laid in tribute to victims of the attack in front of the French Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark

People walk past flowers that have been laid in tribute to victims of the attack in front of the French Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark

People pack into the centre of Marseille, in southern France, to remember those who have lost their lives in the attack

People pack into the centre of Marseille, in southern France, to remember those who have lost their lives in the attack

He said: ‘The three terrorists were apparently heard after the bloodbath shrieking ‘we have avenged the Prophet’ but whether they were directly linked to Al-Qaeda, to the IS or an Al-Qaeda franchise in Yemen remains to be seen.’

He also critisised the French police for not better protecting the cartoonist and his office, despite the threats he had received following the publication of the cartoon.

He said: ‘What is not in doubt is that the French state, and above all the French president, have failed to protect the people of France and we are all the worse off for that.

‘Only two policemen guarded Charlie Hebdo’s offices, despite the now dead editor, Stephane Charbonnier, being under police protection and despite the magazine now being a sitting duck target. Two policemen? There should have been two hundred.’

He added that David Cameron was right to say that Britain is sickened by today’s murders and that we stand with the French people in the fight against terror and in defense of the freedom of the press.

He said: ‘When we see journalists slain to stop them publishing perfectly lawful material we should indeed come and defend the freedom of the press because it is a vital democratic freedom.

‘Let’s hope David Cameron remembers his own words when the time comes to debate yet again Lord Leveson’s plans to curb that freedom.’

STANDING STRONG: CHARLIE HEBDO AND ITS DEFIANCE IN THE FACE OF ISLAMIST THREATS

The satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo whose Paris offices were attacked by gunmen today had its old building burned down in 2011 after printing cartoons of Prophet Mohammed.

Editor Stephane Charbonnier was also pictured in Al-Qaeda magazine Inspire on a list of nine men Al Qaeda was targetting, along with the caption ‘a bullet a day keeps the infidel away’.

Charbonnier’s lawyer revealed today that the editor has been under special police protection since 2012, and that the offices also had officers stationed there.

The controversy around Hebdo began in 2006 when the publication reprinted now-infamous cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by Danish artist Kurt Westergaard.

Stephane Charbonnier, editor of magazine Charlie Hebdo, was named as one of nine men the extreme Islamist group were targetting (pictured centre right). Their photographs were printed alongside the caption 'a bullet a day keeps the infidel away'

Stephane Charbonnier, editor of magazine Charlie Hebdo, was named as one of nine men the extreme Islamist group were targetting (pictured centre right). Their photographs were printed alongside the caption ‘a bullet a day keeps the infidel away’

When the images originally appeared they lead to days of protests across the Middle East and in Western cities. The decision to reprint the images landed the then-editor in court under anti-terror laws, though he was later acquitted.

On other occasions Hebdo named Prophet Mohammed as its guest editor, published cartoons of the holy figure in the nude, and renamed itself Sharia Hebdo with the cover slogan ‘100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter’.

Hebdo’s old offices were burned to the ground in 2011 when attackers used Molotov cocktails to start a blaze early in the morning of November 2.

There was nobody in the building at the time, and the target was thought to be the magazine’s computer system, which was completely destroyed.

At the time, the editor-in-chief of the magazine, Stephane Charbonnier, said Islam could not be excluded from freedom of the press.

He said: ‘If we can poke fun at everything in France, if we can talk about anything in France apart from Islam or the consequences of Islamism, that is annoying.’

Mr Charbonnier, also known as Charb, said he did not see the attack on the magazine as the work of French Muslims, but of what he called ‘idiot extremists’

Riot police were forced to stand guard outside the building for days following the attack, as the editors took a defiant stance, choosing to reprint the cartoon images multiple times.

In 2012 Hebdo again printed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed while violent protests were taking place across the Middle East after an anti-Islamic film made in California was put up online.

During the unrest the U.S. embassy was attacked in Benghazi killing Ambassador Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service worker Sean Smith, two CIA contractors, and injuring another ten.

Around the same time Charlie Hebdo was targeted online by British extremist Anjem Choudary who wrote: ‘Those who want to support the publication of ‘Charlie Hebdo’ who insulted the Messenger Muhammad (saw) must take lessons from Theo Van Gogh!’

Gogh, a Dutch film director, was  assassinated by jihadi Mohammed Bouyeri in November 2004 for his film Submission which criticized the treatment of women in Islam.

The following year the magazine’s office again had to be surrounded by riot officers after they published a cartoon booklet depicting the Prophet naked as a baby and being pushed in a wheelchair by a Rabbi.

On the final page of the booklet there was a note from the editor, Stephane Charbonnier, saying the images were ‘halal’ because Muslims had worked on them, and that they were factually accurate as they had been derived from descriptions in the Koran.

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