BIBLE PROPHECY DISPLAY
ADELAIDE REVIVAL CENTRE
(Investigator #20, 1991 September)
If you don't join this group and "speak in tongues" and honestly pay your tithes you won't be saved.
The Adelaide Revival Centre
has three meeting places and 2000 members. There are 60 branches in
Australia and others in Figi, Papua, Europe and South America.
I learned a little about this group by looking in on their "Bible
Prophecy Display" on 11th May in Port Adelaide, and by accepting some
of their pamphlets, and by interviewing pastors John Kuhlmann and Paul
Nobel, and by reading a book about Australian Pentecostals called Heart of Fire.
ORIGINS AND BACKGROUND
In 1941 a father and son team named Cecil and Leo Harris were expelled from the Assemblies of God sect for accepting the belief that the Anglo-Saxons are descended from Israel. These two men founded a sect called Christian Revival Crusade (CRC) [later renamed Christian Family Centre].
In 1952 Melbourne man Lloyd Longford, then about 30, was baptized at a
CRC meeting and became pastor of the Melbourne CRC assembly.
In 1958 most CRC leaders agreed to draw up a constitution — needed for
legal reasons such as the ownership of property. This was contrary to
the Harris' previous stance of the Bible as their "only constitution".
Longford wanted to preserve "Christian liberty". He also regarded Leo
Harris as too fanatical in expelling demons — the latter "cast out
demons from every second or third person he encountered at meetings."
Longford therefore decided to split and called his side Melbourne Revival Centre.
Pastor Kuhlmann, one of the guys I interviewed, at first denied any
connection with the CRC but later admitted attending meetings of Leo
Harris in the 1950s.
Meetings at Revival Centres are characterized by speaking in "tongues",
enthusiastic singing, high expectancy, alleged miracles, a sense of
militancy, lambasting of other religions, and emotionalism.
Longfield once said in a sermon: "I meet a lot of people who say they
are saved but who never had a phenomenal experience. The gospel should
startle. Tell me why people jump out of the bapistry here like a
startled antelope shouting, 'who electrified the water?'" (Heart of
Fire, p. 171)
The "Bible Prophecy Display" consisted of photos, pictures, typed
paragraphs, front pages of newspapers, etc, pinned to panels or notice
boards. Each board featured a different theme.
The themes included the return of the Jews to Israel, the throne of
David, war and terrorism, earthquakes and famines, the Great Pyramid,
Communism/Russia, the drying of the Nile, miracle healing and the Holy
The pyramid display was based on Isaiah 19:19, "In that day there will
be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar
to the Lord at its border." Apparently the Revival Centre pastors see
something in this verse that other people don't see. (For a detailed
discussion on Pyramidology consult Investigator #13 pp 44-58)
One display panel contained testimonies of miraculous healing, nine
testimonies, each with a photo of the person and the testimony beneath
the photo. The healings were:
• Asthma now gone
• Deformed foot restored
• Hole in the heart healed
• Baptised and born again
• From depression to joy
• Freed from drugs
• Marriage now happy
• Bronchiectasis healed
• High blood pressure now normal
Attendant Barry Cross pointed to the account of a boy's deformed foot miraculously restored and said: "That's my grandson."
A fair assessment of such claims would require getting reports from doctors involved in each specific case.
The display about the "Throne of David" had the following information:
The stone Jacob used as
a pillow (Genesis 28:18-22) remained in the possession of Jacob's
descendants, was carried with them in the Exodus from Egypt and later
formed the seat of the throne of the kings of Israel. In 583 BC, after
Israel was destroyed, Jeremiah took the stone and two of the king's
daughters by boat to Ireland. There one of the two princesses married
Ecohaidh the chief of Ireland who happened also to be a descendant of
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob through Jacob's son Judah and through Judah's
grandson Calcol. (I Chronicles 2:6)
In this way the unbroken line of the royal family of Israel using the throne of David continued in Ireland.
In 503 AD Feargus Mhore, King of Ireland, moved to
Scotland and took the stone with him. In 1296 King Edward I took the
stone to Westminster and on it the sovereigns of England have ever
since been coronated.
When Jesus Christ returns he will sit on this same
throne/stone and in that way fulfill the prophecies of I Kings 9:5, I
Chronicles 17:12-15, 22:10, and Acts 2:30.
This theory will need further investigation. For the present I have two
objections. Firstly, the name "Calcol" occurs only once in the Bible
and we don't know what happened to him. Secondly, the note accompanying
Genesis 28:18 in the margin of The Companion Bible says:
18 the stone. See v.
11. Not the so-called "Coronation stone" in London : inasmuch as the
heads of the "Geological Survey of Great Britain" unanimously declared
that "no stone of that kind was to be found in any part of the Holy
Land whence it traditionally comes". Prof. Ramsay also pronounced it as
being "not known to occur in Egypt or in the rocks around Bethel".
SALVATION and SECOND COMING
I spoke with Pastor Nobel for a while. He is a former member of
the Church of Christ. Pastor Nobel argued that there is no salvation
without receiving the Holy Spirit, and the proof of having received the
Holy Spirit is "speaking in tongues". Therefore most of the people in
other denominations are on the "broad road" to hell.
I moved to the literature counter and collected a few pamphlets — The Pope And The Church; The Holy Spirit; You Must Be Born Again; Creation Or Evolution?
Here I was informed that Jesus' second coming would be near the year
2000 which will be 6000 years after the creation of Adam and Eve. I
enquired about the 4004 BC date found in some King James Bibles — which
points to 1997 as the end of 6000 years. The man replied: "There's a
fault of three years either way and that's why 'No man knows the day or
the hour.' But it's near the end of this century."
By my calculation a "fault of three years either way" places the "Second Coming" between 1994 and 2000 A.D. Well, we'll see.