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Did a word of knowledge save a Beirut pastor and members of his congregation from a massive explosion?

Aftermath of Beirut explosion on Aug. 4, 2020
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An article on CBN tells the interesting story of what happened to Said Deeb who pastors Life Center Church in Beirut.

The church is about a mile away from the epicentre of the blast that took place in the Beirut Port on Tuesday, Aug 4, 2020. Over 220 people were killed and 6,00 injured. The explosion took place when 3,000-tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate ignited.

Several people and staff from his congregation had gathered at the church that Tuesday morning to help cook food for refugees. But Pastor Deeb started to feel very uneasy about what was going on. He didn’t know what it was, but something was bothering him.

He felt so agitated, Deeb even gathered his staff together to pray about it. But when this time of prayer didn’t change this deep-seated uneasiness in his spirit, Deeb finally just told people to put the food back in the fridges and go home. He also cancelled the Bible classes scheduled for children that afternoon.

Deeb said unfortunately he may have come across as rather rude when some people who had travelled several miles to join the work said they didn’t want to leave.

Pastor Deeb told CBN:

“I don’t know why, I was so rude, I told everyone, ‘Go home, go home, just close the Center.’

“It was as if the Holy Spirit is saying, Go! Go! Go! So I was saying everybody go home, turn off the computers, forcing them to leave, I was forcing them and they said, ‘We are cooking, cooking food for the refugees and for the poor,’ and I said, ‘Today cancel everything, put it in the fridge.'”

By the damage that occurred at the church due to the explosion, Deeb believes people would not only have been seriously injured, but even killed, if they had still been in the building.

I suspect Pastor Deeb received a word of knowledge warning him of impending danger.

The word of knowledge is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:8. It is a revelation of a past or current event that person receiving it would otherwise not have known. A word of knowledge has a prophetic edge to it, but differs from the prophetic that provides future revelation.

We have several examples of people receiving words of knowledge in both the Old and New Testament:

This includes one very similar to what happened to Pastor Deeb, when the prophet Elisha received warning revelations when the King of Aramea was laying traps for the King of Israel (2 Kings 6: 9-12).

We have several instances of how a word of knowledge was used to expose sin. This included Gehazi who lied to the General Naaman stating that Elisha wanted silver and clothing (2 Kings 5:20-27). A word of knowledge also exposed the lies of Ananias and Sapphira in the early church (Acts 5:3) and the sin and cover-up of King David (2 Samuel 12:1-8).

Jesus received several words of knowledge, including revelation about a man who would provide a room for the last supper (Mark 14:13-15). He also received revelations that led people to believe Jesus was the Messiah. This included one about the Samaritan woman’s five husbands (John 4:18-29) and stating He saw that Nathanael had been lying under a tree leading him to accept Jesus (John 1:46-50).

A word of knowledge is often used to reveal what is in people’s hearts or what they are thinking (John 2:23-24; 1 Samuel 9:19).

I suspect the Holy Spirit gives us words of knowledge more often than we realize, but part of the problem is taking the next step and having the courage to follow through on them.

READ: A ‘Holy Spirit Hunch’ led Lebanese Pastor to send everyone home before the explosion

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