Do you think we need Revival in the Land? What exactly is Biblical revival? Is it when we experience more miracles? Is it when we have more night vigils?
Before I present to you what I have seen in scriptures, let me tell you that I know of the latter Rain movement of 1880s and the Pentecostalism of the 1948, 52 and into the 60s which were more of the continuation of the Latter Rain movement, so they both have one thing in common, the restoration of gifts of the spirit.
That said, here are the four major revivals recorded in the Bible as I see it, and they all have one thing in common also.
That of Elijah
1 Kings 18:36-39, “36And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. 37Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. 38Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God”
That of Nehemiah
Nehemiah 8:1-9, “1And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel. 2And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month. 3And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law. 4And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose… 5And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up: 6And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground. 8So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading 9And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law”
That of John the Baptist
Luke 3:10 (KJV), “And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?”
Luke 3:10 (MSG), “The crowd asked him, “Then what are we supposed to do?”
Like 3:11-14 “11He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. 12Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?… 14And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages”
That of Peter on the day of Pentecost
Acts 2:36-38 “36Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. 37Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost”
Looking at the above scenario, the following major facts stand out for us;
1. Revival is when a nation or majority of the populace embrace God in repentance.
2. It is when people discover their nakedness without God and change their ways.
3. Revival is when people get to understand the mind of God for them.
4. Revival is when people discover they have gone away from God.
5. Revival is when people come to know who they are and who they ought to be in God.
6. True Revival is self-discovery in God and more people not needing external aid in their faith towards God.
7. Revival is hearing truth taught/ preached and being moved by the word to change a man’s ways.
8. Revival is not personal miracles, for Israel saw miracles in Egypt and even in the wilderness yet did not know God. A miracle is simply when God will not leave Himself without I witness in every Generation. (Please I am not looking down on miracles here, I also believe in miracles)
9. Seeking God for what He can do for us (miracles) is not true revival. That is knowing the Acts of God and NOT the Ways of God.
10. True and genuine Revival comes from and through the Teaching ministry like we found in Nehemiah.
11. Revival is a return to the origin in our understanding.
12. Revival is when more people begin to place value in God above anything else. Seeking ye first the kingdom of God.
13. So we see that genuine Revival is of self – discovery and recovery of our minds.
14. Genuine Revival comes through accurate Knowledge of God and of oneself in God as your fortress and all.
15. True Revivals will produce more adults than Baby Christians.
Do we really desire a revival in our land? Where else will true revival break forth in the world? Are we truly positioned to birth a genuine revival? I mean when the true knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.
Acts 19:10 “And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks”
That was a Revival.
When shall we have an all-night word vigil? Do we need a revival?
God help us!