APPIRU Introductory Literature
Powers of Arabic Holymen
Arabic Mysticism and the Pentecostal Experience
Unlike the modern, material world, Ishamelites (Arabs and Muislims)
believe in a Spirit World. For, the Great God, Who is God, is a
Supernatural Being. And, HE becomes HIS People to come and join HIM
in this Spirit World after their death.
Consequently, Arabic Literature is full of supernatural events and
interaction of spirits. We find stories not only of angles, but also
of flying carpets, magic lamps, and genies. And, indeed, many of this
seem to slide into the world of Satan and his evil gins. Yet, we would
NOT have you go there. So, this article is NOT about them. But, we
warn you of them, in contrast to the Great Gift of God that you will
find, coming, below!
For, as we review the stories of the Prophets, in the Koran or
Q'uron, the Jewish Tanach, and the Christian Bible, we find that these
Arabic Holymen had Spiritual Powers, indeed! Miraculous healings were
quite common at their hands. And supernatural works of great wonder
we down by them. Which only leads us to a very practical question:
how did they do it? Was it magic? Slight of hand? Science?
POWER FROM GOD'S SPIRIT
No, it was not Science! Rather, Arabic Holy Men have long known that
an encounter with God's Spirit was the proper way into the Spirit World.
And the correct means by which Prophets of God got their power. This
process is very dramatically demonstrated in the life of King Saul.
When Samuel anointed Saul and prayed for him, the Spirit of God came
upon him and enabled him to be King of Israel (I Samuel 10:1-26).
However, when the Spirit of God depart and fled from Saul, he became
incapable of doing almost anything (I Samuel 16:14-15), and died a very
miserable death! Thus, as Nadab and Abihu also discovered, there is a
proper way to approach God--and an improper way, that can lead to death
Nor is God's Spirit containable, as if we could hold a monopoly
on it or form an elitist club around it. Rather, God seeks to have
ALL of HIS Follwers get a touch of HIS Spirit (Exodus 11:24-29;
II Chronicles 18:22-24). And HIS Spirit will Fall upon whom HE
THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER
However, in Ancient Times, it was a rarity for God's Spirit to come
upon a man (or a woman). For, God seemed to keep HIS distance from
Mankind. Yet, the Prophets looked forward to the Day when God's
Spirit would be poured out in great measure upon HIS People (Isaiah
44:3; Ezekiel 36:26-27; Joel 2:28-29; Luke 24:49). For this was
So, why was it so rare?
THE TENT OF FLESH
Well, that was what the Maqdih or Great Redeemer was all about! As you
should have learned in the previous Article (on the Maqdid or Messiah),
Mankind was simply too sinful for God to have much to do with!
(Ecclesiastes 7:20; Isaiah 59:2) And this was the main role of the
Maqdid or Messiah in HIS First Coming--that the sacrifice of HIS
perfect life would act as an atonement of payment for our sins (as our
death by proxy)! And, indeed, that is the GOOD NEWS!
But, even more than that, those who will confess their Belief in
the Maqdih or Messiah, and ask God's Spirit into their heart, will
receive the indwelling. That is, the Spirit of God will move into
their heart and take up residence there (John 14:23, 17:21, as we might
live in a portable tent--a Temple of Flesh (I Corinthians 6:19). The
potential for the Outpouring has now come!
THE PROMISE OF THE GREAT REDEEMER
While Isse (or Jesus) was here on earth, there was no question that HE
did extensive miracles. However, it was not HIS intention to keep a
monopoly on miralces! Rather, HE wanted to grant that power to HIS
Followers. For, it is clearly written:
Moreover, HE goes into great details on exactly what HE will empower
HIS Followrs to do:
- "Truly, truly I (Jesus) say unto you: He who Believes in
ME, the works (miracles) that I have done, he shall do also!
And greater (more widespread) works than these shall he do,
because I go to MY Father." (John 14:12)
Furthermore, this POWER is not just to sit inside your Temple and be
dormant or asleep (as some in the Religious Establishment would like
to have you think). Rather, the Holy Ghost wants to be alive and
awake--and working through you, if you really Believe! For, the
Maqdih or Messiah described it this way:
- "And these signs shall follow (or be among) those who Believe
(in ME): In MY Name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak
with new (or unknown) Tongues; They shall take up (master)
serpents (beasts); And if they drink any deadly thing, it shall
not hurt them; They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall
recover." (Mark 16:17-18)
- "He that Believes on ME (Jesus), as the Scriptures have said,
out of his belly (inner being) shall flow rivers of living
(spiritual) water!" (John 7:38)
GETTING THE OUTPOURING
So, how do you get this Outpouring? Well, actually, there are a
variety of ways. (And you may want to turn to some of our other
Articles on Engiftment to find them all.) But let us concentrate
here on the most simple and easiest. For, the one that you can
pursue right now is PRAYER. Yes, we can pray together right now,
and see if God will not fill you to over flowing. Join with us
and say the following prayer out loud (so that God will know that you
agree with it).
Now, that is a start. Perhaps you will get the Outpouring NOW? Then,
again, it may come later. Perhaps you will need to pray again?
(And, again?) Many do. And, it also helps to listen to some
Spirit-filled music while you are praying for the Baptism of the Holy
Ghost (I Samuel 10:5-6). In fact, in the old fashioned Tarrying
Meetings, they would pray for awhile and then sing inspirational songs
for awhile, on into the night, untill the Spirit of God would fall on
them (Luke 24:49). Perhaps that is what you will need to do, too?
For, people are individuals. And how they got the Outpouring is often
different from each other. The important thing is that you try. And,
that you keep trying untill you get it.
- Father God, I claim YOUR Promise to me, according to Luke
11:9-13, which says that if we ask of you the Holy Ghost that you
will freely give it to us--and not give us something else as a
sibstitute that is bad for us.
- I profess that I believe in YOUR Son, Isse (or Jesus), who
died on that Tree (or Cross), shedding HIS Blood to pay for my
sins--as my death by proxy (and I thank you for Him).
- I now renouce the Satan, his followers, and all of their
wicked ways and command them, in Jesus' Name, to be gone from
- Instead, Heavenly Father, send YOUR precious Holy Ghost into
my heart and life--to lead me and guide me in following the Ways
that are pleasing to YOU.
- And especially, I pray that you will Pour Out of YOUR Spirit
upon me and give me the Baptism of the Holy Ghost--and Manifest
some of YOUR Gifts in my Life, that I might use them to help
others to YOUR Glory.
No, this is not the end, it is just a beginning. Like any new born
babe, you have a lot of growing and learning to do! And, to find out
a lot more about your New Parent--GOD. For you are not just chosen,
like a servant or slave. You have become part of HIS Family! You are
not just a friend of God. Now you are HIS Family. So, turn to the
next lesson, and take you next step in Spiritual Growth.
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too involved. So, if you are one of those thinkers, and are more
studious, then you will probably want to read our more detailed
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