Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation. I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps. Psalms 85:6-13
I have purposely titled this message with a “question,” because whether we have revival in America or not depends on you and me, and our response to God’s commitment to us. It is easy to sit back and simply say “America won’t have revival.” To do so takes all responsibility away from us as individuals for the future of this our nation. To do so also relegates America to the “trash heap” of every other nation in the history of the world that has taken the course America has taken. Why should I pray for revival if God will not hear my prayer? Then, as Paul said in I Corinthians 15:32, “...let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.” But God does hear our prayers, and He has promised to “...hear from Heaven, forgive our sins, and heal our land,” if we will “humble ourselves, and pray, and seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways (see November issue; ‘If My People...’).” We must remember that it is “His people” that He speaks this to.
Will America have revival? It’s up to you; it’s up to me! This much I know, if we lightly dismiss the idea of revival in America, it will never happen and hundreds of millions of souls will perish eternally. Recently, as Sister Surface and I were at the Tabernacle praying for revival in America, she saw multitudes of lost people coming to the Lord. As she was amazed in seeing this “vision” she heard these words, “If my people...,” and suddenly the vision was gone. This troubled her and she began to ask the Lord for understanding of what she had seen, when suddenly the vision returned. Again she saw great multitudes of lost people coming to Jesus, repenting, being gloriously saved, when she heard the voice of the Lord once more, saying, “If my people....” Again, this second time, the vision ceased when she heard these words. The message of the vision is simple to understand. God was saying that if we, His people, will humble ourselves, and pray, and seek His face, and turn from our “wicked” ways (II Chronicles 7:14); then, and only then will He “pour out of His Spirit” upon us. Then, and only then will we see the harvest in America, multitudes repenting, turning to the Lord with all their hearts. But, if we, His people, refuse to humble ourselves, and pray, etc., America’s destiny is already determined by God, and it is worse than anything the “prophets” have yet spoken. Revival in America? It is up to us, His people. God has placed the future of this great nation in our hands. Will we offer it up to God for “revival,” or, will we give it up to “another god.” America is in our hands.
America’s Present Course
Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD. For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. Jeremiah 2:11-13
For over seventy years of the twentieth century, communism was the great threat to the whole world. It spread like a scourge through the eastern block nations of Europe and Asia until almost half the population of the world was under it’s godless philosophy. The goal of communism was world domination. She would not be satisfied until all the peoples of the world were under her dominion. America was the nation that stood against the advances of communism and was ultimately the cause of her fall. Although communism still has her strongholds in China, Cuba, and North Korea, it is not the “wave of the future” as it long claimed to be. In fact, it will soon lose its place even in the nations it now controls.
The “scourge” of the twenty first century will not be communism or any other “godless” philosophy. It is Islam that is, and will be, the great threat to the nations of the world in this century. Communism came to power on the back of “socialism,” which is a weak and faulty financial system. It was the “successes” of America’s “capitalistic” financial system that ultimately broke the back of communism, and ushered in the most incredible period of “prosperity” that we have ever seen. As it turned out, America was well equipped to deal with communism, but, as a nation, we have no weapon against the threat of Islam in the world today. The goal of Islam in the twenty first century is, in one respect, the same as communism in the twentieth century; world domination. Islam will never be satisfied until every nation on the planet is Islamic. America has become the prime target of Islam for several reasons. Due to our great wealth and power, if America falls to Islam, then Islam will dominate the world. Incredibly, America is a ripe field for Islam because of our constitutional guarantees of “freedom of religion.” It is Christianity that gave us these guarantees, but it is Islam that would one day take them away from us.
America at present has the power to conquer every “cell of terrorism” that dares to strike out against us. Every terrorist nation or leader presently fears the wrath of America after seeing how quickly and easily we destroyed the Taliban government in Afganistan and rooted the El Qaeda out of their strongholds. We did all this with the loss of only five American lives. Our military might is unparalleled in the history of the world. American pride and patriotism is higher since September 11, 2001 than at any time since World War II. Yet, in the midst of these things, we are blinded to the fact that we cannot end terrorism, because we cannot root out and destroy the “religion” that produces terrorism. Islam produces terrorism just as naturally as an apple tree produces apples. America must wake up and understand that our warfare is not with flesh and blood, and cannot be won with missiles and bombs. As a nation we have rejected the only “weapon” that can bring “peace on earth.”
For over a generation America has done open warfare against the true God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our nation has made it clear that neither God nor His commandments are welcome in our public life. At the same time we have “welcomed” Buddhism, Hinduism, Spiritualism, Wicken, New Age, Shamanism, Islam, and many other religions to numerous to name, into our society. In fact, most of these have been elevated in the consciousness of Americans at the same time that Christianity has been ridiculed and rejected. America’s “social engineers,” who have so successfully led the fight against “Christianity,” have thought to give us a nation “without god, without morals, and without prejudice.” In such a society every religion, every lifestyle and every person would be acceptable as long as they accepted everything else. Christianity, for example, would be acceptable in society if we denied that Jesus Christ is the only way to God and accepted perversion, adultery, abortion, as well as all other religions, as acceptable to God. In such a society, if there must be a “god,” it must be a god that all religions can worship together in harmony. It would be a “god” that Buddhist, Jews, Muslims, and Christians could stand arm in arm and worship together. “Allah,” some think, is tailor made to be that “god.” Allah is said to be the “god of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,” and thus, the god of the Jews. He is said to be the same god Buddha worshiped, and thus the god of the Buddhist. He is the god of Mohammed, and thus the god of Islam. Further, Allah claims to be the god, but not the Father, of Jesus Christ. It is the Muslim that tells other religions, and especially Christians, “we all worship the same god.” While reaching out as an “all inclusive” religion, it is the only religion that teaches the conquest and defeat of every nation or people that do not agree that “Allah” is the same as the god they worship.
No nation or people will be without a “god” for long. Even under “godless” communism which denied the existence of any “god,” the “state” became the “god” over the people. When the “iron curtain” was lifted from Russia, there was such great spiritual vacuum in the hearts of the people that for a season there was great revival in that nation. With the events of September 11, 2001, the heart of America was awakened to the need for “god.” At the same time, those men and women that have dared to say that Jesus Christ is the only way to God have been ostracized, blackballed, and ridiculed by the national media. Any hint that the immorality and the anti-God sentiment of American society could have left America vulnerable to the 9-11 attacks are forbidden by every level of government or media. Strangely, we who hold to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, His righteousness, and true holiness have become even larger targets since “9-11.” We have been identified by America’s social engineers as being the counterpart of, and as evil as, the Islamic terrorist that murdered over three thousand of our people on September 11, 2001.
And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets.... Acts 7:41-42
America has long been turning away from Jesus Christ and fashioning a “god of gold;” a materialistic god that promises wealth and prosperity to all who bow before it. Thus, as Israel of old, the worshipers rejoice in the works of their own hands. Stephen said in our text, “then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven.” Our God, the true and living God, the Father of Jesus Christ, has never forced any people to worship Him. Whenever a nation or a people turn away from God, He also turns away from them. He does not, however, allow them to “chart their own course.” Their end is never where they thought to go when they turned away. Israel said, “we will worship the golden calf, in the name of the Lord,” but God destroyed their calf and “gave them up” to worship Moloch, the “sun god” of the Ammonites, and Remphan, which was believed to be an image of the planet Saturn (Acts 7:43). In worshiping Moloch, they sacrificed their own children as burnt offerings to appease him. They also worshiped Baal, the “sun god” of the Phoenicians. To appease Baal, they “mutilated” their own bodies with knives. Oh, how Israel suffered under the “gods” of the heathen when they turned away from the true and living God. In the first chapter of Romans, God gave Israel “up” two times; first to “uncleanness,” and then to “vile affections.” Then, He gave them “over” to a reprobate mind, “to do those things which are not convenient (Romans 1:28).” The Greek word translated two times as “gave (them) up,” and one time as “gave (them) over,” actually means “to surrender.” According to the scriptures, Israel traded the glory of the true God for an idol, and God “surrendered them to uncleanness, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves (Romans 1:23-24).” They became slaves to the lusts of their own hearts. They changed the truth of God into a lie, and God “surrendered” them to vile affections. Perversion filled their hearts and sodomy filled their land. They “did not like to retain God in their knowledge,” and God “surrendered them” to reprobate minds, “to do” every ungodly and filthy thing a reprobate mind can conceive of. This certainly seems to be to the condition of America as we arrived into this twenty first century. Just twenty days into this century and we inaugurated George W Bush as the forty third president of these United States of America. God gave us President Bush as a “space for repentance” in America. We were given three and a half years before the next presidential conventions; three and a half years to reach our nation for Jesus, to effect America enough that her course is turned toward the true God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. If America is not turned, her future is too horrible to imagine. God has already surrendered America to uncleanness; He has surrendered her to vile affections; He has surrendered her to the reprobate mind; She has been filled with every unclean, perverted, and filthy thing. The demons of Hell have been loosed in our nation. If America is not brought in repentance to bow once more before Jesus Christ, God will “surrender” her one more time. He will “give America up” to worship another god, which is no god. America, who has said “I will not bow” to Jesus Christ, will bow, daily, several times a day, her face to the ground toward the east, to worship another god. America, who would not repent of her sins will be slaughtered for her sins by the hands of that other god. If America is given up to another god, it will be to “Allah.” Then, too late, she will understand the meaning of the fifth and sixth trumpets of the ninth chapter of Revelation. She will know what the locusts out of the pit were. Too late, the whole world will know who “Abaddon”, or, “Apollyon,” is. As a third part of the people of the land are slaughtered, they will know, too late, they should have repented of their “idolatry,” their “abortions,” their “drugs,” their “sexual sins and perversions,” and their “thefts (Revelation 9:18-21).”
To Turn America
Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. James 3:4
America is like the great ship “Titanic;” the biggest, the best, the most splendid, and “unsinkable.” The Titanic steamed on through the night and through the fog, not knowing she was on a collision course. On board it was party time, with the champagne popping, the bands playing, and the dance floors filled. No one knew they were on collision course, but what difference did that make; the Titanic was the masterpiece of man’s engineering genius; she was “unsinkable.” There was still time to turn her, but that was of no concern to the passengers; it was party time. If the captain had known, he would certainly have turned the ship, but instead, they steamed on through the darkness and through the fog until it was too late. The iceberg loomed large through the darkness and the fog; they saw it, but it was “too late” to turn the great ship Titanic.
America, like the Titanic, is “steaming on, through the darkness and the night, unstoppable, unsinkable.” A few troubled waters at “9-11,” but keep the party going; keep the band playing, and the champagne bottles popping, for “...tomorrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant (Isaiah 56:12).”
Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah. Isaiah 1:9
James tells us that the great ships are “turned about with a very small helm.” I believe there is a “very small remnant” of God’s children in America that will be the “helm” God will use to turn America. If this is to be the case, that “remnant” must be awakened. Many that count themselves among the remnant will protest, “we are awake! We see the sins of America. We know the wrath of God is coming on this nation. We feel the hopelessness of the situation.” In this is the problem that plagues the remnant at this time. They feel the “hopelessness” of America’s condition. I have read many of the writings of one of America’s leading “watchmen” for almost a generation. This man has consistently defined America’s problems and the problems in the “church” as well as anyone that I know, but he has never seen an answer. Wherever his message is received there is a sense of hopelessness, helplessness, and anguish of spirit. The vast majority of those that identify themselves with the “remnant” have partaken of that “anguish.” If these same people can be awakened to that “hope” the writer of Hebrews called “the anchor of the soul,” we will see the God and Father of Jesus Christ take the wheel of America and use His remnant people as a “rudder” to turn this nation back to Himself. In the analogy of the “ship” and the “rudder,” it is the rudder that turns the ship. When the ship is on collision course, it is not the ship that must turn to save the rudder, but vise versa. The simple message of this analogy is that the “rudder” must be turned first, then, the ship will also be turned. In II Chronicles 7:14, it is “God’s people” that must turn before the nation is healed. Again, in II Chronicles 7:14, “If my People...turn from their wicked ways...,” and Joel 2:12-13, “therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God....” Then, in the next verse; “Who knoweth if He will return....” This we can know, if His people will turn, He will return, it is His promise. Notice the promise of the twenty eighth verse of the same chapter; “and it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh....” We will “turn” our nation when we “humble ourselves, and pray....”
And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha. Romans 9:29
Someone commented that those people who believe as this writer does are “dying dinosaurs; ...they were big in their day, but their day is past.” I fear that many faithful men and women of God accept that analogy, but I do not. Too many of God’s people are “intimidated” by the superstars of this present apostasy. They see themselves as the dying embers of a past revival, and when they are gone, it is all over. I believe this is a gross misunderstanding of what God’s remnant is. Notice that when the apostle Paul quoted Isaiah in our text, he used the word “seed” where Isaiah used the word “remnant.” According to “Strong’s Greek Lexicon,” a “seed” is a “remnant, kept over for planting.” It is a remnant of a past harvest kept over to bring forth the next harvest. If the “remnant” Isaiah spoke of had not also been a “seed,” Israel would have ceased to exist just as Sodom and Gomorrah did. If the “remnant” today is not also a “seed,” it is not God’s remnant people. Our God has kept a “very small remnant” in reserve for this present hour in the history of the world. We must not fail in that which He has kept us for. The church has been in a long “winter” of apostasy, but if we will “humble ourselves, and pray, and seek His face, and turn from our ways,” the sun will shine again. Our God has promised, “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease (Genesis 8:22).”
Wrath or Revival?
There are two prevailing thoughts I hear coming out of the church. The first I have heard for most of this past generation as I have preached of the “judgment to come.” “America is too good to be judged by God,” they say. “We have given more aid, sent more missionaries, had more compassion on the poor, etc. than any nation ever. Why would God judge America,” they ask? All these things are true about our nation. We have done more for the poor, sent more missionaries, etc., but we have become an “Esau nation.” Remember that Esau was the elder brother of Jacob and as such, the birthright belonged to him. Esau despised his birthright, sold it to Jacob for a “mess of pottage,” and became the nation of Edom that God said He “hated.” If ever there was a “birthright nation,” it was America. Beginning with our pilgrim fathers that landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620, America was colonized by men and women of God who came seeking the freedom to worship our Lord Jesus Christ according to the dictates of their own consciences, and not that of the state. God, the Father of Jesus Christ, was given as the authority in our Declaration of Independence from England in that “we are endowed with certain inalienable rights by our creator....” The freedom of the church to worship freely without prohibition from the secular government was guaranteed in the first amendment of our constitutional in these words, “congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Time and space does not allow me to expand further on our glorious birthright as a nation, but I can say that we, as Esau, have despised our birthright. The “first amendment,” which was given specifically to the church to guarantee it’s “freedom of worship, freedom of speech, freedom of publication, and freedom of petition,” has been twisted and construed by our courts to deny the very freedoms it guaranteed. For the past half century America has so withdrawn from Jesus that at this present time His precious name is welcomed only as a byword in America’s public life. It is the church alone whose freedom of speech, and freedom of publication has been restricted, while that of pornographers, homosexuals, abortionists, etc. has been greatly expanded. In turning away from Jesus Christ, America has said, as was foretold by our Lord Himself in Luke 19:14, “We will not have this man to reign over us.” Read the rest of the story in Luke 19:12-27 to see the end of all such. All those who refused His rule were, in the end, slain at His feet. In closing this thought, God has judged America, and she has been found worthy of wrath at His coming.
The second most prevailing thought I hear coming out of the church today is this; “America will not have revival, because America is too wicked for God to give revival.” I hear this line of thinking coming from some of the most devout and sincere Christians I know, but they also are mistaken. Whether America has revival or not does not depend on the wicked, but upon His people, that are called by His name. We may be a very small remnant, but God has kept us as a seed for the revival that is to come. We can have revival in America! No! We must have revival in America, and it must begin with us.
Recently I received a letter from a man of God who mentioned the great evangelist of the nineteenth century, Charles Finney. I will quote that part of the letter as follows;
“In the days of Charles G. Finney, who was, in my opinion, Americas greatest Evangelist, men were so convicted of sin they could not move from their seats or raise themselves from off their faces. They gave up sin; they gave up habits; they gave up immoral dress; they quit the sin business completely. Many of the towns and villages where he preached lost business in their “haunts” of sin; the “red light district,” the saloons, gambling dens, they closed their doors. The effects were clearly seen. They got saved and they quit it all.
Today we say that a great revival is starting in the land, I hear it on TV. I hear it in 95% of the churches. But I see no change. Instead, I see people in big churches light candles and recite a little prayer, or I see some man on TV speak in tongues and knock a thousand people down, or someone get people’s emotions stirred, but emotions are not kin to spirituality. It’s not how high you jump or how loud you holler, it’s how you walk when you hit the ground.”
I appreciated this man’s letter so much and found myself in almost perfect agreement with him. There is definitely a difference between the revival of Finney’s day and that which has been erroneously called revival in our day. It is a mistake, however, to think it is the sinner that is different. Most today have been deceived into thinking we must adopt modern techniques to reach people in this “modern” age. That is a deception every generation for all time has struggled with, because every generation for all time has been the “modern generation.” It is not that the times have changed. It is not that the sinner is different, but it is the preacher. Finney did not have great and true revivals because of a difference in the “times” or in the “people.” His amazing results were because he was different, and that difference was the “presence of God.” No minister, no child of God (please hear this), no one can rightly stand and say “God, judge them, God, destroy them.” If they have stood in the presence of the almighty God, they will “turn them (Jeremiah 23:22.” If they have been with Jesus, their intercession will not be “God destroy them,” but, “God, save them.” Stand before the people, and speak to them with the same presence and anointing of the almighty that was upon Charles Finney, and you will yet see sinners fall on their faces, weeping in repentance over their sins. We have found the problem; we know the reason that sinners scorn Him; it is us.
The Ministry of Reconciliation
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. II Corinthians 5:17-20
This text is about “reconciliation” to God. The man or woman that is reconciled to God is a new creature. They are no longer sinners, for “old things are passed away.” The terminology in the words “passed away” is the terminology of death. Our old man is crucified with Christ (Romans 6:6, Galatians 2:20); our old man of sin is passed away, and all things are become new. The eighteenth verse says it is God who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ. The last phrase of that verse, however, says that God has “given to us” that are reconciled, “the ministry of reconciliation.” The nineteenth verse begins with an example of how the ministry of reconciliation works. “To wit (in that manner), that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself.” By this we know, when Jesus suffered the death of the cross, God was in Him. The next phrase says “...not (lest) imputing their trespasses unto them....” Note that the Greek word translated “not,” should be rendered “lest.” The whole world had been judged by God before Jesus went to the cross. The verdict was guilty and the sentence was death. The judgment of God at Calvary was this; He must either destroy the world in His wrath, or He must redeem and reconcile the world unto Himself by the death of His only Son, Jesus Christ. The law demanded the destruction of the world because of the transgression. The last words of the Old Testament are these; “...lest I come, and smite the earth with a curse.” Paul says in Romans 5:8, “but God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” In God’s justice He chose to redeem the world and reconcile it to Himself. “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life (Romans 5:10).” All that our Lord suffered at Calvary was to reconcile us to God.
The last phrase of that nineteenth verse is “...and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” This makes two times in two verses that he confirms this truth; “...and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation,” and, “...hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” This is a truth that is so important for us to understand. That which is the highest priority in the heart and purpose of God, He has committed to us. Jesus laid His life down to purchase the salvation of the world. He will never die again. He will never shed another drop of blood. He did everything necessary to save every soul from sin when He gave Himself on the cross. Now it is in our hands. Peter tells us, “God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Are we willing that any should perish? God has committed a gospel to us that will save all that believe it, and damn those who do not (Mark 16:15-16). Oh, what an awful responsibility we have before both God and man.
In the twentieth verse we come to the very heart of the matter. “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ...” It isn’t Jesus that walks among men today, it is us. “...as though...” This is from the same Greek word as “to wit” in the previous verse and refers us back to the example of that verse, “...God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself....” Continuing the twentieth verse, “...as though (in that same manner) God did (doth) beseech you by us...” God is saying to His people, “as I was in Jesus, I will be in you by the Holy Ghost (Romans 8:11). As I spoke through Jesus, I will speak through you (Matthew 10:20). As I anointed Jesus with the Holy Ghost, I will anoint you (Acts 10:38). As I worked through Jesus, I will work through you (John 14:10). As my presence abode upon Jesus, so will my presence be with you.” The next phrase confirms this; “...we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” “...in Christ’s stead...” Oh, what a responsibility, to seek the Father as Jesus sought Him. To please the Father as Jesus pleased Him. The sum of these scriptures is the Father telling us, His children, “As I was in my Son Jesus Christ, reconciling the world to myself, so will I be in you to gather the world unto me.” He has committed the reconciliation of the world to us.
Paul speaks of this ministry in II Corinthians 2:15-16 when he says “for we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?” Again, Paul speaks in II Corinthians 4:1-3; “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:” When our gospel is hid, it is because we are not sufficient. In II Corinthians 3:5 answers this problem in these words; “not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.” This is just one more reason why we must “humble ourselves, and pray, and seek His face, and turn from our ways,” until He hears from Heaven and pours out of His Spirit upon us. Only then will we be sufficient for the commission He has given us, to “turn this nation” to the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is not necessary for the nation to turn to Jesus before revival comes. Instead, revival comes to turn nations to Jesus. Revival comes when God’s people turn to Him with all their hearts. Even though they may be few in number, revival begins with fire falling on the altar of sacrifice where God’s children have “presented their bodies, living sacrifices, holy, acceptable, unto Him (Romans 12:1).” In Exodus 29:41-43, God promised that when the evening sacrifice (that’s us) is holy and acceptable unto Him, He will meet with us, speak to us, and “the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory.” If we His people will humble ourselves, and pray, and seek His face, and turn from our ways, He will “meet with us,” and He will “speak to us.” The place we gather to worship Him will be so filled with His presence and glory that no one will be untouched by God; no sin unconvicted, no heart unmended, and no sick person unhealed. Do you understand, I am not talking about “excitement?” Do you understand, I am not talking about “emotion?” I am speaking of the very presence and glory of God almighty so filling the house of God until the ministers cannot minister, the musicians cannot play, the singers cannot sing, and the Lord alone is glorified. Maybe you have seen services where dozens of people have fallen on their backs when some minister has touched them? That is not what I am talking about. Revival is when sinners are fallen on their faces in repentance and sorrow for their sin, and the saints are on their faces in intercession for this lost generation. Revival is when God “breathes” upon His people again as He did at on the day of Pentecost. Revival is the “time of refreshing” Peter spoke of, that comes from “the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19).” Revival is when sinners can repent and sins are blotted out. Revival is when “slaves are freed, the oppressed are healed, and the possessed are delivered.” No one can keep God’s people from having revival IF they will “humble themselves and pray.”
Elijah was all alone that day at Mount Carmel. On the other hand, there were four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the whole multitude of Israel gathered that day. The prophet’s of Baal had offered their sacrifice and prayed all morning for the fire to fall. Then, the scripture says in I Kings 18:29, they “prophesied” all afternoon until evening. They not only prayed for fire to fall, they prophesied that the fire would fall. If Elijah had thought like many of us today, nothing would have happened that day. After all, how could he ask God for fire on the altar after the false prophets had prophesied it was coming and prayed for it to fall? Wouldn’t that appear that the prophets of Baal were right? and, that Elijah was in agreement with them? Wouldn’t the multitude think that God had answered their prayers to Baal? Wouldn’t their prophesies be fulfilled if fire fell from Heaven? Surely there could not, even should not, be fire on the altar if the false prophets had prayed and prophesied for it. Go home, Elijah! There is no hope.
Thank God, Elijah didn’t reason these things out. It didn’t matter who had prayed for it, or prophesied it, Israel needed fire on the altar and rain in the land. The people would know, when the fire fell on Elijah’s altar, that the LORD is God. They would turn to Him. God would give rain in the land, and the land would be healed, so, Elijah offered the evening sacrifice, called upon the name of the LORD, and the rest is History. The fire fell, the false prophets were destroyed, and the rain came.
It doesn’t matter who else is praying for revival, we need revival. It doesn’t matter which false teacher is saying revival is beginning, or prophesying revival to come, we must have revival. If they are false prophets and false teachers, true revival will never come to their altar, but nevertheless, we must have revival if America is to be turned and saved. Child of God, remnant of God, it is our day at the altar. Approach that altar of evening sacrifice with your own body to offer, a living sacrifice unto God. Abandon yourself at that altar. Surrender yourself to God’s purposes for you. Beseech Him to consume you with the fire of the Holy Ghost, for “our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29.” When He comes, the four walls of our churches will not contain Him. He will rain upon our nation. Conviction of sin will grip the citizens of this nation until they groan within and weep over their sins. The glorious voice of God will be heard once more across this nation. I saw, by the Holy Ghost, men and women move across this nation with the truth of the gospel and the presence of God. It was like a great and mighty “hand” that swept across our nation, in a circular, wiping action, from left to right. God will reveal Himself from the Heavens, His glory will be revealed, and this nation will be turned once again. It will begin with you and me in our closets of prayer, and it will not fail, for God has promised “IF MY PEOPLE....”
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14