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 Is Global Revival Possible?

Is Global Revival Possible?

By Eleanor McKinney

J. Edwin Orr, historian of revivals, said, “Whenever God is getting ready to do something new with His people, He always sets them to praying.” The winds of the Spirit are blowing again, bringing with them fresh hope and intense hunger for worldwide revival. This is seen through the phenomenal united prayer movements that are springing up in our world, crossing denominational lines and ethnic groups. It appears to be spontaneously led by the laity and those specifically called by God.

We know that man cannot produce revival. It is initiated and maintained by the Holy Spirit. He is stirring the hearts of His people around the world, calling them to prayer and seeking His promises for these last days. Our hope comes from the blessed Scriptures which encourage the believer to press for the greatest, most extensive spiritual awakening ever known to man.

Many of these promises are given in the Old Testament but reiterated and affirmed in the New. Most prophecies spoken to Israel before the coming of Christ had a two-fold meaning. Historically, most of it came to pass before New Testament times, but often carried with it spiritual application for our times as well. We read where Peter quoted from the prophet Joel on the day of Pentecost, then again later from the Psalms and the prophet Isaiah.

Paul applied the words of Isaiah 49:6 when he said, “For this is what the Lord has commanded for us” (Acts 13:47). Jesus also applied the promises of the Old Testament to His day when He said in Matthew 8:17, “This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.’” And again Jesus uses the words of Isaiah in Matthew 12:21, “In His name the nations will put their hope.”

Look, then at a few of the Old Testament promises yet to be fulfilled in our time:

“Look at the nations and watch – and be utterly amazed, for I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe even if you were told” (Hab. 1:5).

“Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay” (Hab. 2:2-3).

“Call unto Me and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not” (Jer. 33:3).

Here are promises given to us in the New Testament that renew our hope for revival in our day:

“Indeed, all the prophets from Samuel on, as many as have spoken, have foretold these days. And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed” (Acts 3:24-25).

“In the last days, God says, I will pour My Spirit on all people” (Acts 2:17). (Peter quoting from the prophet Joel.)

“The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).

“All nations will come and worship before You” (Rev. 15:4).

These are merely a few of the many promises God has given us as a ray of hope in this dark hour. If thousands are sacrificing their lives, families and freedom for the spreading of the Gospel, it is in the character of God to bring all men to repentance.

Is the church of Christ spiritually strong enough to endure the pains of labor to produce newborns? It is difficult to understand why God in His sovereignty chose to delegate such an awesome responsibility to man. But, “We are workers together with Him.” The task would be overwhelming without the knowledge of God’s promises. Let us lay hold of them.

O God, send us the holy Fire that will burn up the sin in our lives! Replace the church activities, programs and “hoopla” with the glory of Your presence. May we see a holy God for who He really is until we are more comfortable on our faces than on our feet. Give us Isaiah’s vision of the seraphims covering their faces from God’s holiness and glory. Let the fire purify us, melt us, consume us. Peel the masks from our faces, strip away all pretense and may our souls be laid bare before the gaze of God’s Holy Spirit. Take away the casual attitude toward sin and replace it with true repentance. Give us the sense of awe, wonder, power and joy!

“When Zion travails sons and daughters shall be born.” The anemic body of Christ needs a holy transfusion, enabling it to rise up and meet the need of the hour. O God, bring us to our knees, awaken our leaders till there will be “weeping between the porch and the altar.” If it be necessary to circumvent those in high places, bestow the vision and passion for souls to the humble in spirit – the common, ordinary person. Whatever it takes – “Revive us again! Fill each heart with Thy love. May each soul be rekindled with fire from above!” The greatest need of the hour!

When the church is revived, evangelism is the natural (supernatural) result. There will be no need of coaxing Christians to share their faith. They will be like the 120 that came pouring out of the Upper Room, filled to overflowing! It did not take long before 3,000 and 5,000 were added to the church. God’s power is the same today. We only need to be outlets. Do not stop short of Global Revival!


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