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WHAT IS REVIVAL?

Isa 57 :14 And it will be said:

“Build up, build up, prepare the road!
Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.”
15 For this is what the high and exalted One says—
he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
“I live in a high and holy place,
but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly
and to revive the heart of the contrite.

     Revival is about many things. First and foremost, it is about an unusual Presence of God:

Isaiah 64 [a]Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains would tremble before you!
2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze
and causes water to boil,
come down to make your name known to your enemies
and cause the nations to quake before you!
3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,
you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.
We can expect God to do the unexpected when He comes bringing Revival!
     The Presence of God in Revival will be in accord with His character in the Word:
Isa 63:7-10 I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord,
the deeds for which he is to be praised,
according to all the Lord has done for us—
yes, the many good things
he has done for Israel,
according to his compassion and many kindnesses.
8 He said, “Surely they are my people,
children who will be true to me”;
and so he became their Savior.
9 In all their distress he too was distressed,
and the angel of his presence saved them.[a]
In his love and mercy he redeemed them;
he lifted them up and carried them
all the days of old.
10 Yet they rebelled
and grieved his Holy Spirit.
So he turned and became their enemy
and he himself fought against them.
Isa 61:1a,2-3 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me…to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.
(see also Isa 35:1-2ac, 3,4a,5,6)
The Spirit of the Father comes in kindness, mercy and compassion bringing comfort,

praise, peace, healing, deliverance (Isa 49:8-9) prosperity (see Ps 85 below) and guidance.

All of these should be evident in a genuine Revival.
      Many believe large numbers of salvations would be expected:
Psalm 85[a]
1 You, Lord, showed favor to your land;
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2 You forgave the iniquity of your people
and covered all their sins.[b]
3 You set aside all your wrath
and turned from your fierce anger.
4 Restore us again, God our Savior,
and put away your displeasure toward us.
5 Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you prolong your anger through all generations?
6 Will you not revive us again,
that your people may rejoice in you?
7 Show us your unfailing love, Lord,
and grant us your salvation.
8 I will listen to what God the Lord says;
he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants—
but let them not turn to folly.
9 Surely his salvation is near those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.
10 Love and faithfulness meet together;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
and righteousness looks down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed give what is good,
and our land will yield its harvest.
13 Righteousness goes before him
and prepares the way for his steps.
(see also Isa 51 :4-6).

     Revival is clearly a Sovereign move of God:
Isa 51: 5 My righteousness draws near speedily,
my salvation is on the way,
and my arm will bring justice to the nations.
     But His people have a part in preparing for it:
Isa 40:3bc …prepare
the way for the Lord[a];
make straight in the desert
a highway for our God.[b]

     The highway that the Spirit of God comes on is mentioned many times either explicitly

or implicitly. A highway is a road free of obstacles.
Isa 57:14…“Build up, build up, prepare the road!
Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.”  
Sin is the primary obstacle to experiencing the Lord’s Presence (in Isa 35:8 the Highway  is called the Way of Holiness):
Ps 5:4-7 4For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;
with you, evil people are not welcome.
5The arrogant cannot stand
in your presence.
You hate all who do wrong;
6you destroy those who tell lies.
The bloodthirsty and deceitful
you, Lord, detest.
7But I, by your great love,
can come into your house;
in reverence I bow down
toward your holy temple.
     Heartfelt repentance leading to Forgiveness is key:
Hos 6:1-3 “Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces
but he will heal us;
he has injured us
but he will bind up our wounds.
2 After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will restore us,
that we may live in his presence.
3 Let us acknowledge the Lord;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
like the spring rains that water the earth.”
(also see again Ps 85 )
     One of the obstacles to Revival is not responding rightly to the Lord’s discipline. When

we come under His judgement, we need to press on to acknowledge His character and

nature in our lives.
     The ultimate goal of Revival is for the Lord’s Glory to dwell in our land (Ps 85:9)

resulting in all the wonderful blessings mentioned above.
     Perhaps the most amazing promise of Revival is the Transformation of the Church

which it will bring:
Ps 80:14-18 Return to us, God Almighty!
Look down from heaven and see!
Watch over this vine,
15 the root your right hand has planted,
the son[e] you have raised up for yourself.
16 Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire;
at your rebuke your people perish.
17 Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand,
the son of man you have raised up for yourself.
18 Then we will not turn away from you;
revive us, and we will call on your name.

     When I first read these vv, I thought they were a prophecy of the Messiah (see vv15, 17).

But the NIVSB notes that this is directed to Israel (and by extension the Church, see v16).

In fact, when the Church is transformed by Revival, we will start to truly have the

Character and Characteristics of the “son…raised up for ” God Himself!

(All references to New International Version (NIV))

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THE WAY IS OPEN–WILL YOU WALK IN?

God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered;
Psa 68:1a ESV

21 “But Jesus must stay in heaven until the time when all things will be made right again.
Acts 3:21 ERV

in this final “shaking” all that is impermanent will be removed, …only the unshakeable things will remain
Hebrews 12:27 PHILLIPS

God is arising. He is arising in the nations. He is arising in many hearts. He is coming back for His bride. He is at the threshold….

What is the evidence…? It is all around us! It is just before the dawn that the night is darkest. When the birth pangs come, the baby is on the way!

2 Peter 1:19 says,

We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

The Lord commands,

15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear! (Matt 11:15 NKJV)

and in Revelation 2, we are told over and over:

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

The Voice of the Lord is thundering! He is roaring over the sound of the waters, the outcry of the peoples against Him and against His Anointed! (Psa 29:3, Psa 2) He will be vindicated and His Son will rule them with a rod of iron (Rev 2:27, 12:5, 19:15). None shall escape the Dreadful Day of the Lord that is to come (1 Thess 5:2-3, Amos 5:18, Acts 2:20)

Our only Hope is in the Lamb of God! He is the only refuge that can save us from the fate of the wicked, who will burn in the Lake of Fire forever. (Psa 62:7, Acts 4:12, Titus 2:13, Rev 20:15)

Have you trusted your very life to Him?! The time is short. The darkness is deepening. He stands at the Door of your Heart. Open! Open! Open to the Lover of your soul. (Rev 3:20, Then we may sing, with the hymn writer:

Jesus lover of my soul, Let me to thy bosom fly
While the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high.
Hide me O my Savior hide, Till the storm of life is past,
Safe into thy harbor guide, oh receive my soul at last.

MEDITATIONS ON EVERYTHING*

I was disturbed after watching the film, The Theory of Everything. As a believer, the fact that Mr. Hawking allowed his marriage to be torn apart, by not protecting his wife from the influence of another man, provoked me to anger. As an unbeliever, I should not have expected more from him.

My thoughts then turned to the flip side of their story—the extraordinary love that brought a young couple together, despite the Scientific near-certainty that their marriage would come to a tragic end (Mr. Hawkins was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Finally, I moved on to the Church (God’s ultimate Love Story). We, too, struggle with a horrific disease, one that threatens (but for the Lord) to destroy our ability to overcome the World, which so hates His working in us. What is the nature of such a disease? It is the same as that which brought about the dissolution of the Hawking’s marriage. It can be called by many names: lack of support, overcommitment, monopolization of power and many others.

What I am referring to is the failure of the Church (almost universally) to adopt the one model the Word gives for its structure and function. As soon as I write these words, I can hear the outrage on the lips of a thousand theologians. There IS no model. Ah, but there is!

Firstly, Structure. The Church is (to be) built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets…. Yet that is seldom what is seen today. Churches are begun by leaders called Pastors (though not everyone with that title actually has the Ministry gift of pastorship. It is simply the only title accepted in most of Protestantism. If you are a church leader, you are by default a pastor, no matter what your true calling and anointing.)

The lifespan of the average church in North America is 7 years. 7 years! What a sad testimony to the failure of the current system. I say current because the system followed by the vast majority of congregations and denominations today is not the original one. It was developed, as most of us know, during the Reformation. As such, it was an improvement over that followed by the (now called) Catholic Church from whence it came. No longer was there a priest to stand between God and man (there is one mediator between God and man, the Lord Jesus Christ).

However, the Reformation, like so many revivals before it, was meant to be just the first step in God’s plan. In the Word, Manasseh turned back to the Lord and made good progress in restoring true worship. Unfortunately, the people continued to sacrifice on the high places, though only to the Lord.

Pastoral leadership is much to be preferred to leadership by a priest. But both fall short of the Biblical Standard; a Church in which the 5-fold ministries are all in operation. Why is that so important, you ask? Because only when all 5 are operating can the Church reach the maturity of Christ. (to be continued…)

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*Inspired by the film, The Theory of Everything