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December 20th, 2014

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Hazen Stevens
Weep Before the Altar, Repent Before the Winepress
Hazen Stevens
July 18th, 2007

Joel 2:17 “Let the priests, who minister to the LORD, Weep between the porch and the altar; Let them say, "Spare Your people, O LORD, And do not give Your heritage to reproach, That the nations should rule over them. Why should they say among the peoples, 'Where is their God?' "

Joel 2:12-18 are some of the key verses regarding How God instructed the nation of Israel through the prophet Joel to repent of the wicked idolatries before the impending day of Gods Judgment was upon them. In verse .14 Joel state, “Who knows if he will turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind Him…” Joel reflects a sincere fear of the Lord, which came from perceiving the reality of His impending judgments. He believed Gods discipline was coming, and was not sure whether repentance would even guarantee it being averted.

I lack this fear before the Lord in my repentance. When I cry to him in repentance, it is seldom with the perspective that his divine discipline is at hand. I do not understand the reality that if I as an individual, my city, our nation, and all the earth do not repent then HIS JUDGMENT IS IMMINENT.

I repent because that is what the Bible says to do. I repent because I want to see revival break out. I repent because I feel the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. I repent because I love Jesus and feel sorrow for sinning against Him. All of those reasons are good and valid, however if I fail to perceive the reality His judgments as a dimension of his activity in the earth, then I lack the faith perspective needed to truly ask Him to relent.

As a kingdom of priests, and a company of them at IHOP, We must have a sincere fear of the Lord, and faith that the principles that God applied to His people in scripture still apply to us today. I must learn to stand in the gap for all people, crying out before God to spare his people, just as the priests wailed between the porch and the altar in Joel 2:17.

Without this perspective the repentance of the church is from a point of view that, “I am asking God to keep from doing something I don’t believe he is really going to do in the first place.” I don’t think we believe judgement will ever visit our land, despite our persistent iniquity. Do we trust in our religious values and wealth to shelter us from the darkness of our own inner being? Are we thrusting ourselves fully upon the grace and mercy of the cross of Christ as a Church in America?

In this Joel 2 reality, HE DID JUDGE THE LAND, and we need to wake up – not to that possibility – but to the inevitability of judgment coming to earth as the end of this age draws near. Revelation 19:13 says His robes will be dipped with blood, but this time it will not be his own, “He Himself tread the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God” (Rev. 19:15).

“His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” – John the Baptist (Matthew 3:12)

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If you are wrestling with physical sickness, a chronic disease, a painful injury, or a heavy emotional burden, then there is good news for you. God's Word says that He is exceedingly kind and loves to heal (Psalm 103:1-5). During His earthly ministry, Jesus healed all who came to Him (Matthew 4:24). God has promised that the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick (James 5:15). Therefore, we want to stand with you in prayer and faith, believing God to perform a healing work in your life.

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At IHOP Atlanta, we desire to encourage and strengthen believers through the prophetic ministry. We have prophecy teams that are trained to hear the heart of the Lord for people and to minister His words of encouragement, edification, and exhortation (1 Cor 14:3). It is our prayer that believers will be strengthened in their faith and have a clearer understanding of how God feels and thinks about them after receiving ministry in the prophecy rooms. If you desire to encounter God's love for you in practical way, we encourage you to sign up for a ministry time in our prophecy rooms.

The prophecy rooms are open on Sundays from 3:45-4:45 PM. Appointments can be made 15 minutes prior. They are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Appointments typically last 10 minutes and are recorded for your convenience.

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Each service incorporates prophetic worship, Biblical teaching, prayer, and ministry times. Each service is geared to call individuals to a depth of the knowledge of God, intimacy with Jesus, urgency for the hour, and the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle. Through proclamation and impartation, each service is focused on providing a place for encounter with God for the individual, as well as generating a shift in the spiritual atmosphere over the city of Atlanta. Immediately following the service, there is an Information meeting for anyone desiring more information regarding IHOP Atlanta.
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11/30/2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm

If you are wrestling with physical sickness, a chronic disease, a painful injury, or a heavy emotional burden, then there is good news for you. God's Word says that He is exceedingly kind and loves to heal (Psalm 103:1-5). During His earthly ministry, Jesus healed all who came to Him (Matthew 4:24). God has promised that the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick (James 5:15). Therefore, we want to stand with you in prayer and faith, believing God to perform a healing work in your life.

Our Healing Rooms will be held from 3:45 - 4:45 pm on Sunday evenings weekly.

Appointments for personal ministry can be made starting at 3:30 pm on a first-come, first-serve basis. This personal time of ministry will typically last 20 minutes with one of our Healing Rooms ministry teams.

Prophecy Rooms
11/30/2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm

At IHOP Atlanta, we desire to encourage and strengthen believers through the prophetic ministry. We have prophecy teams that are trained to hear the heart of the Lord for people and to minister His words of encouragement, edification, and exhortation (1 Cor 14:3). It is our prayer that believers will be strengthened in their faith and have a clearer understanding of how God feels and thinks about them after receiving ministry in the prophecy rooms. If you desire to encounter God's love for you in practical way, we encourage you to sign up for a ministry time in our prophecy rooms.

The prophecy rooms are open on Sundays from 3:45-4:45 PM. Appointments can be made 15 minutes prior. They are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Appointments typically last 10 minutes and are recorded for your convenience.

Encounter Service
11/30/2014 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Each service incorporates prophetic worship, Biblical teaching, prayer, and ministry times. Each service is geared to call individuals to a depth of the knowledge of God, intimacy with Jesus, urgency for the hour, and the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle. Through proclamation and impartation, each service is focused on providing a place for encounter with God for the individual, as well as generating a shift in the spiritual atmosphere over the city of Atlanta. Immediately following the service, there is an Information meeting for anyone desiring more information regarding IHOP Atlanta.
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