This is a wonderful thread underscoring the need for revival. The picture of the Circus of Death is powerful.
For some time my prayer for revival has included that believers wake out of their sleep and their grogginess. Last week a weekly email from Daniel Lapin has made an adjustment in my prayer. Here is the related portion of that email which I would forward in whole to anyone who sends a pm with their email.
.... wisdom is revealed through a Hebrew word that means and he awoke.
To get a clear understanding of this, lets look at the following two verses.
She (Delilah) said, The Philistines are upon you, Samson, and he awoke from his sleep
(Judges 16: 14). She said, The Philistines are upon you, Samson, and he awoke from his sleep
The verses seem to say the same thing, dont they? In the first verse [verse 16], the word for and he awoke (VaYiKaTZ) is spelled with five Hebrew letters. In verse 20, only four of the letters are used. As you can see, in the second example one of the little letters, called a Yud, is missing. What is the difference? Ancient Jewish wisdom emphasizes that whenever an extra letter Yud appears it connotes a dose of Gods spiritual power.
Looking at the verses in context we see that initially Samson possessed his unique, God-given strength. He could prevail over his enemies. By the second verse, Delilah has ordered his hair cut in contradiction to Gods command, and Samson has lost his power. In Samsons case, the missing letter lets us know that this isnt a simple awakening; his entire reality has shifted for the worse.
By comparison, when Jacob awakens in Genesis 28:16, the word VaYiKaTZ is spelled with two yuds. When he lay down to sleep, he did so as a fugitive, fleeing his brother Esaus wrath. However, while he slept God spoke to him. When Jacob awoke he was a man with a destiny. His reality had expanded.
Sometimes we end our sleep reluctantly and rub our eyes wondering what to do. That is an awaken with only one yud. ...
Today as my BSF bible study has me in John 1, I am thinking that there are many Nathanaels (John 1: 47 and further) in the Body of Christ, honest (without guile) in their confession of Jesus as the Son of God, but they have not seen revival And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power. (Paul's prayer in Eph 1: 19 and surrounding).