For the cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys . . .
rise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen
upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and
gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee,
and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light,
and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see:
all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far,
and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together,
and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be
converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.
he Bible says that in the Last Days just prior to Jesus' return, a gross moral and spiritual darkness would cover the earth --
like a dark and heavy shadow covering our land. True, we need another Great Awakening of God's Glory to visit us again.
But God also promised that there would be a godly remnant - a consecrated people of His own who He would raise up to walk in supernatural power and holiness in the last days. This would be His true Bride who would shine more brilliantly than any righteous generation of believers prior. These are the glory-filled Christians of the new Aion (final Church age) of HIS Glory. The important thing about understanding the Glory here is if you really want the Glory to show up, there must be less of you and more of God. When men see you, they can't see God. That simple! Personality and charisma driven ministries cannot and will not carry the Glory in this hour.
In the past, Revival Glory fell upon . . .
... Able's acceptable sacrifice, Noah's Ark, Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac, Bethel & Jacob.s ladder, Joseph's prison cell, Moses and the burning Bush, the Red Sea, Mount Sinai, Joshua and the Jordan River, Deborah and Gideon, Manoah's bonfire, Sampson's pillars, David's lion & the bear, David's stoning of Goliath, the Tabernacle of David, Solomon and the Temple dedication, Mount Carmel, Elijah's chariot, Isaiah's prayer in the Temple, Ezekiel's river and the valley of dead bones, Daniel's Lion Den, John's baptism of Christ in the River Jordan, Peter, James and John on the Mount of Transfiguration, Lazarus' tomb, the crucified Jesus being risen in the holy sepulcher, the upper room at Pentecost, the lame man at the Temple Beautiful, Stephen's face as he was being stoned to death, Peter's jailhouse break, the translation of Phillip, Iraneaus, Patrick in Ireland, Wycliff & Tyndale, Madame Guyon, John Knox, Edwards at North Hampton & Whitefield at Bruton Parish in Williamsburg, Wesley at Aldersgate, the Haystack at Williams College, Zindzendorf at Hernhut 100 year long prayer meeting, Finney's Rochester NY factory revival, Spurgeon's pulpit at the Metropolitan tabernacle, William Seymour and the barn at Azuza , R.A, Torrey's Tent, David Livingston in Africa etc.
And if God's revival glory swept in upon us before, He will do it once again. Soon He will sweep down with His weighty Glory. But this final outpouring will usher in the full harvest and the coming of Christ.
If you are a sincere believer serving the Lord, these are most exciting days in all of creation to live!
A Bright Contrast
And because evil and lawlessness will abound (as in the Days of Noah), the love of many will grow cold.
But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world
as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
BUT the knowledge of the GLORY of the LORD will cover the Earth as the waters cover the sea.
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
Revival simply means to bring something back to life that was DEAD. So when we see a backslidden Western Church that is full of hypocrisy, sin, immorality, fear of man, materialism, infidelity, unbelief, under occultic influences, full of worldliness, drunkenness, drug dependent, demonically -influenced, infiltrated by witchcraft, harboring church members filled with bitterness, unforgiveness, divorce, adultery, lying, greed, avarice, idolatry, etc.; when cults and false religions such as Islam, etc. are growing everywhere in society; when leadership in Church, government, and business is corrupt, immoral, deceptive and weak -- then you know IT IS TIME FOR REVIVAL. It's time for the Fire and Glory of God to fall once again . . .
WHAT IS DOXA?
The Koine Greek word for glory is Doxa. Kabod is the Hebrew word for Glory. Kabod is the ancient Hebrew word for God's holy, Shekinah presence which is God's actual, sensible, tangible presence. According to Dr. Strong, Kittle. Colin Brown and Thayers, this definition incorporates some of the following meanings: abundance, honor, salvation, plenteousness, copiousness, wholeness, glory, peace, wealth, prosperity, glorious honor, riches, splendor, wealth, noblilty, majestic royalty and divine healiing. All of these things are to be a benefit of spending time in the Glory of His Presence.
So, when God's Glory falls in a revival there are MANY tangible BENEFITS to a person, a Church and a nation.
But there are some CONDITIONS God proposes to us that must be fulfilled if He is to visit us with a fire and Glory Awakening.
1. WE MUST HUNGER & PRAY FOR REVIVAL GLORY
A. A desert wanderer and escaped convict from Egypt named MOSES, hungered for the reality of God's Presence and said this to God Almighty ...
"I will also do this thing of which you have spoken; for you have found favor in My sight and I have known you by name.
Then Moses said, " I pray You, show me Your glory!"
Moses asked God to show him His Glory. He prayed and hungered for it.
B. There were 120 commoners from ancient Judea and Israel who assembled themselves and hungered for a fresh visitation and outpouring from Heaven in expectation and fulfillment of the promise of Jesus who commanded them to wait for the outpouring of the Holy Ghost. And here's what happened just 40 days after Jesus ascended to Heaven . . .
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all
together in one place. And suddenly there came from
heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind,
and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues
like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,
and began to speak with other tongues,
as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 2: 1-8
What would have happened to Western Civilization had they not obeyed Jesus, hungered for the Glory and waited on God in prayer? What would the world be like today if they had not all been thirsty for something more? The Holy Spirit came into their hearts and the world has never been the same. One drop of God's spirit upon a persons heart can change the whole world. A little GLORY in your life can make you a planet changer!!
HUNGER LEADS TO REVIVAL GLORY
C. The first American missionaries were called out of spiritual hunger and a healthy fear of the Lord. An impromptu, small student prayer meeting at Williams College in western Massachusetts called the HAYSTACK PRAYER MEETING was convened in a hay field when a thunderstorm ensued. With torrential rains falling and lightning flashing all around, these rain-soaked students rushed to take cover under a haystack. Feeling a bit trapped and realizing the brevity of life, they fell on their faces before God and prayed if He would spare their lives they would commit to obey the Great Commission and consecrate themselves for world missions .
This is the hallowed place where God's glory fell and where the very first American missionary, Adoniram Judson, received a heavenly calling to start a missionary outpost in Burma.
Since that day, thousands of North American missionaries have followed him overseas with millions of saved souls now added to Judson's heavenly account!
Little is MUCH in the hands of God.
A liitle hunger can lead to Great Glory
For it's not by might nor by power but by my Spirit (Glory) says the Lord ...
D. In Zechariah, the angel told the prophet to "DESPISE NOT THE THE DAY OF SMALL BEGINNINGS . . ."
For who hath despised the day of small things?
The fact is, ALL the great revivals and moves of God start out "small." Whether it was Wesley and the small prayer meeting at the small home at Aldersgate or whether it was William Seymour who met in a barn on Azuza street -- don't ever get discouraged if your new work is small. Even if it's just you and your family praying for revival and the prayer meeting is in your home or barn!
God loves little things. He loves the underdog. When there is hunger for His Glory and presence little becomes large when the Glory falls.
The Skies are Black with Rain
E. Elijah hungered for rain. One of the greatest deluges of rain from the heavens started out as a little cloud. If we do not despise the "little clouds" in our ministry, God will rain His Glory down in sheets to where we will be swimming in a river of glory!
And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said,
Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea,
like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab,
Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down
that the rain stop thee not.
And it came to pass in the mean while,
that the heaven was black with clouds
and wind, and there was a great rain.
1 Kings 18:44
Let it RAIN oh God! Send the little cloud that patiently waits on the horizon -- He will hold the rain back until we repent of our self efforts and idolatries and pray for renewed hunger and thirst for His living Presence.
For example, a little known pre-deluvian (pre-flood) prophet named Noah and his small family of eight, believed God and saved
the future human race. Why? Noah hungered and prayed for God's presence . . .
God did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah,
one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness,
bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly . . .
2 Peter 2:5
One drop of God's spirit upon a person's heart can change the whole world. A little GLORY in your life can make you a planet changer! FCH
The father of nations began as a simple Bedouin desert wanderer who tended sheep and cattle -- his name was Abram.
But on one faith-filled evening he looked at the starry clear night above and hungered for a visitation from Heaven ...
God's presence came and the Lord spoke to him of great things for the future. Why? Because like Noah, Abraham
hungered and prayed for God's presence . . .
Then David said to Goliath the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear,
and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts,
the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied."
1 Samuel 17:45
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee,
my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
To see thy power and thy Glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
Because the humble Jewish people at key points in their history welcomed and hungered for God's Glory into their midst and obeyed His commandments, God chose a tiny nation named Israel to become the center of the world and the focal point of all human history.
This tiny nation (the smallest nation on earth) has given us Moses and Jesus -- Jesus the Savior of the world.
President John Adams said that it was through the Jews that the greatest contributions to human civilization have been made -- in religion, law, health & hygiene, justice, protection of the innocent, toleration of other's beliefs, freedom and liberty of the individual, etc.
Summary - THE EARLY CHURCH
It bears repeating that the world would have never been "turned upside down" if it were not for a small gathering of 120 humble followers of Jesus who hungered for God's Glory. They were valiant prayer warriors and devout intercessors. They chose to huddle together in a small upper room where they prayed and fasted for a visitation and outpouring of God's glory. And the promise of His Spirit did not tarry.
They prayed 10 days until God poured out his Holy Spirit in tongues of fire upon each of them with supernatural signs and wonders. Since the Day of Pentecost, some 2.7 to 3 billion evangelicals, Pentecostals and Catholics now call Jesus their Lord and Saviour all over the earth.
A little shepherd boy named David slew the infamous warrior giant Goliath with a little, smooth stone and saved the entire nation of Israel because he hungered for the Lord and sought God's glory and His living presence while tending sheep in green pastures ... there in the secret place he dug deep wells and learned to hear God's voice of revival. He was more than ready to confront evil when called upon as well as to bring a spiritual awakening to an entire nation.
But the "behind the scenes" spiritual dynamics which led David to defeat his foes and to usher in the Glory of God into theTabernacle of David was his secret place prayer time and hunger for God's Glory . . .
"Leave your country and family and your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great. And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed ... Look now toward heaven, and count the stars, if you are able to number them.”
And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And Abraham believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. Then He said to him, “I AM the LORD . . . "
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?”
So they said, “Into John’s baptism. ”Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.
A Glory Invasion translates to Revival & Real Church Growth
fter God's Spirit of revival fell on the 120, they were all empowered from above for evangelism and discipleship - Church growth was "naturally" supernatural and not based on human intellect, marketing, demographics, positive preaching, charisma, personality or
human effort - God's glory brings the growth - all we as believers need to do is surrender to to the Holy Spirit ( Romans 12:1-2) And it is spiritually speaking, QUALITY GROWTH -- not just warm bodies filling auditoriums with spurious salvations ...
Then those who gladly received his word were baptized
and that day about three thousand souls
were added to them … and they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine
and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Then fear came upon every soul,
and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles …
So continuing daily with one accord in the temple,
and breaking bread from house to house,
they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,
praising God and having favor with all the people
And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
Acts 2: 43ff
Count Ludwig Zinzendorf, (To the rest of the world) was a somewhat unknown land owner and Pietist from the Baltic/ Czech area of Europe who started a 100 -year -long prayer meeting which led to the founding of the prayer village called Herrnhut. This missionary hamlet drew Peter Bohler to Christ who then witnessed his lively faith to two, lost, religious brothers named John and Charles. John Wesley then attended a small prayer meeting at a small home at Aldersgate where during prayer time he reported he felt "strangely warmed" by the presence of the Holy Spirit there. He felt this was the moment he was truly born again and filled with God's Spirit.
These two Wesley brothers went on to lead the First Great Awakening which shook two continents by God's Holy Spirit. Soon after, by planting hundreds of "Aldersgate" prayer meetings and "Methodist" cell groups throughout America and Great Britain, they made many "salt" of the earth. Many historians believed the Wesley's influenced Britain's Industrial culture to the the point of preserving the masses from a bloody revolution such as was the horrible experience of godless, violent, lawless, Renaissance France.
PRINCIPLE: WHERE THERE IS SPIRITUAL HUNGER & REVIVAL PRAYER THERE WILL BE REVIVAL GLORY
Men always ought to pray and not lose heart (but be believing and persistent like the widow at midnight.)
WITHOUT HUNGER, THIRST, PASSION FOR REVIVAL PRAYER AND INTERCESSION, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE POOR RESULTS IN OUR ATTEMPT TO EVANGELIZE AND IMPACT POSITIVE CHANGE IN CULTURE .
In the Kingdom of God, all successes are prayer successes and all failures are prayer failures ...
2. WE MUST DECLARE REVIVAL GLORY
We need more than ever to declare the Glory of God on our everyday lives, our homes, jobs, ministries, churches and nation! Only the fire of God can save our nation now. God only honors expectation and faith. If we do not believe God for a visitation of His manifest Glory and speak it forth into the Heavens, we will not ever see it come either. I and those present have seen the "milky" cloudy air and presence of God's Glory in my services and I believe it is because we expect and believe God for it with declaration and divine expectation.
WHEN JOHN AND CHARLES WESLEY WERE ON A SHIP ONE DAY THEY DISCOVERED A REVIVAL SECRET – THEY WERE STRUGGLING WITH THEIR FAITH – THEY ASKED A GERMAN REVIVALIST ON A SHIP (PETER BOHLER) ON THE WAY TO AMERICA HOW THEY COULD INCREASE THEIR FAITH -
HE TOLD THE WESLEY BROTHERS (WHO WERE SEARCHING AT THE TIME FOR PURPOSE AND ASSIGMENT, FOR INSTRUCTION)
“PREACH FAITH UNTIL YOU HAVE FAITH AND THEN WHEN YOU HAVE FAITH YOU WALK IN FAITH.”
THE SAME CAN BE SAID ABOUT FAITH FOR REVIVAL AND GLORY … FAITH COMES BY HEARING
THE WORD OF GOD
DECLARE REVIVAL GLORY UNTIL YOU HAVE REVIVAL GLORY …
“LORD JESUS, INCREASE OUR FAITH …”
IF WE CONTINUE TO PRAY, WIN SOULS, AND DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD, THEN REVIVAL WILL COME AS SURELY AS THE LATTER RAIN. WE NEED TO SPEAK & DECLARE REVIVAL GLORY TO ONE ANOTHER AND ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER. WE NEED TO LIFT UP THE WEARY ARMS OF OUR CHRISTIAN LEADERS IN PRAYER -- EVEN AS AARON AND HUR LIFTED UP THE ARMS OF MOSES WHEN HE WAS TIRED, THUS ALLOWING THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL TO ESCAPE THE TYRANTS OF EGYPT THROUGH THE RED SEA.
NLY GOD'S HOLY PILLAR OF FIRE AND A HEAVEN-SENT AWAKENING CAN SAVE OUR NATION NOW . . .
In those days there was no king (LAW) in Israel:
every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
SADLY WE ARE LIVING IN AN AMORAL, LAWLESS SOCIETY -- A SOCIETY THAT CALLS EVIL GOOD AND GOOD EVIL. WE ARE RULED BY AN ILLEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT THAT CONTINUALLY DEFIES THE LAWS OF GOD AND HAVE OPENLY BETRAYED OUR OWN BILL OF RIGHTS AND US CONSTITUTION . . . THE LEADERS ARE SO DARKENED IN THEIR DISCERNMENT OF WHAT IS RIGHT AND WRONG THAT THEY HAVE LED THIS NATION RIGHT OFF A CLIFF. IT IS FAST BECOMING THE DAYS OF NOAH . . .
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth,
and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth . . .
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness . . .
WHEN THE PATTERN GOD DESIRES IN OUR WORSHIP LIVES IS RIGHT, THE GLORY WILL FALL. ALL EVANGELISM AND REAL CHURCH GROWTH IS EFFORTLESS BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE MORE EASILY CONVINCED OF CHRIST WHEN THEY SEE HIS MIRACULOUS POWER ON DISPLAY AND WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT DIRECTLY CONVICTS SINNERS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS . . .
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin,
and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Of sin, because they believe not on me;
Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
MOSES WOULD NOT GO WITHOUT GOD'S LOVING PRESENCE AND GLORY LEADING HIM
And it came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle, that the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle,
and the Lord talked with Moses. All the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the tabernacle door, and all the people rose and worshiped, each man in his tent door. So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend . . .
Moses said to the Lord, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people . . .' Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight." And God said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.”
So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.”
And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” Then God said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”
3. THE FRUIT OF REVIVAL GLORY
His salvation like a blazing torch.
THe nations will see your vindication,
and all kings your glory;
you will be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.
You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand,
a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
WHAT IS THE EVIDENCE THAT REVIVAL GLORY IS PRESENT IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES? EXAMPLE: CHARLES FINNEY WAS AT AN UPSTATE NY FACTORY/MILL ONE DAY – ALL 300 EMPLOYEES AT THE MILL IN UPSTATE NEW YORK STOPPED AND JUST STARTED CRYING AND QUIETLY WEEPING – FINNEY NEVER UTTERED A WORD. THEY SIMPLY SAW THE GLORY OF GOD'S LIGHTRAYS AND BEAMS OF HIS MAJESTIC GLORY EMANATING FROM FINNEY'S PURE COUNTENANCE ONE DAY AS HE WAS TOURING THE MILL. REVIVAL SPONTANEOUSLY BROKE OUT THERE. WHEN GOD'S GLORY IS IN SOMETHING THERE IS ALWAYS FRUIT.
And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables
of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount,
that Moses knew not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.
And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold,
the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come near him.
Peter challenged the lame man at the Temple Gates to look into his face and to see the Glory of God in his face -- that this in itself would cause faith to rise up within him and to receive a healing miracle of God. (Acts 3:4)
Even in the face of false charges and execution by stoning, Stephen was at peace and the glory of God shown on his face. His accusers and the crowd that looked at his face said it "shone like that of an angel."
Saul was there that day and saw the glory on Stephen's face. One faithful man's countenance convicted Saul so that he would accept Christ and then he went on to write two-thirds of the New Testament. Saul had a Damascus Road experience but there was no doubt that this experience prepared him for that as well. One little drop of glory in one person's life can change the course of history. Stephen's countenance was drawing Saul to the Lord. Pray, smile, have joy, love all -- you never know who is watching you. Later, in Acts 9, while traveling down Damascus Road, Saul, who was later renamed Paul, encountered the same glory of God which blinded him and caused him to seek salvation in Christ . . . for whatever reason, when God's glory shows up, it leads to salvation and revival.
"Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.”
4. THE CALL TO REVIVAL GLORY
We as God's people need to stop looking at the temporal and stop being so ephemeral . . . then the gentiles will come to thy light -- and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
MOVING AS ONE ARMY IN REVIVAL GLORY
We must rise to the challenge of this moment in history. We must ascend to the mount each day and seek His face -- then we will come down out of His presence with the Glory on our faces, the purifying fiery coals from off heaven's Golden Altar will be placed in our mouths, and we will descend from that private place of glory encounter with the word of the living God in our hands and heart . . . and we will change the world. The loving and kind shining countenance of Jesus on your face is irrefutable evidence that you have been in the presence of God and His Kabod.
But we need to first seek God in the high places and demolish the idols we have put there -- whatever or whomever they are. When we meet with the Lord, we need to imbibe of His glory there and not be distracted by the cares of this life.
I saw the Lord! He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the Temple was filled with His glory. Hovering about him were mighty, six-winged angels of fire. With two of their wings they covered their faces, with two others they covered their feet, and with two they flew. In a great antiphonal chorus they sang, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is filled with his glory." Such singing it was! It shook the Temple to its foundations, and suddenly the entire sanctuary was filled with smoke.
i Isaiah 6:1-4
EVERYONE CAN HAVE REVIVAL GLORY AND EVERYONE CAN BE A REVIVALIST AND A SOUL WINNER
For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”
1 Corinthians 2 :26-29
When God lifts us up there is no struggle -- evangelism and soul winning, signs and wonders are just the normal every day event of everyday believers, a product of the supernatural presence of God coming in our lives.
The Glory of God is for all -- not just five-fold office ministry! In Ephesians 5, the leaders are the servants who are to equip and train the folks to do the work of the ministry.
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man,
unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.
Ephesians 4: 7-13
5. THE UNITY OF REVIVAL GLORY
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard,
even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments
As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains
of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Jesus prayed ...
Father, that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us,
so that the world may believe that You sent Me. "The glory which You have given Me I have given to them,
that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity,
so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.…"
Sure, there are some people who are near impossible to get along with -- the Lord knows this. but you still must try!
AS MUCH AS LIETH WITHIN YOU, LIVE PEACEABLY WITH ALL MEN ... ROMANS 12:18
THE TEMPLE OF GOD, THE BODY OF CHRIST WILL BE FILLED WITH THE SMOKE WHEN THERE IS UNITY OF THE BRETHREN
6. THE TREASURE OF REVIVAL GLORY
And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
There are many treasures to be found in His royal presence. For one, you don’t have to struggle any longer in order to experience
the peace of God in your heart and mind. God already wants you and your precious family to experience the peaceful atmosphere of heaven!
In Your Presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
The Prince of Peace wants the atmosphere of Heaven to come into your home this very day and He wants His heavenly tranquility and abundant joy to abide there.
It’s no coincidence that Moses would not go anywhere unless God’s presence preceded him.
"If Your Presence (GLORY) does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.” For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth."
Even those around you will intuitively sense when you have spent time in the presence of God. In His presence there is joy forevermore. We are not to forget all of His magnificent benefits. When we are carriers of God’s peace and presence this is one of the best witnesses of all.
Jesus invites all of us to abide in His presence this very day.
8. REST IN REVIVAL GLORY
Many want to enter the Lord's rest but cannot because of fault finding, unbelief and strife bearing.
But God wants us to walk humbly, have faith and to enter His rest.
They shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.
Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and you shall find rest unto your souls.
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. Hebrews 4:1
8. FULFILLING YOUR VISIONS & DREAMS IN THE REVIVAL GLORY
When the Lord brought back the captive ones of Zion, we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with joyful shouting ...
I’ve got good news. God loves your pure hopes and dreams even more than you do. He put them in your heart! Even when your body is asleep, your hopes, dreams and aspirations never sleep because neither does the Lord. God’s nature is to encourage and give life and hope. “He that keeps Israel never slumbers or sleeps.”
Every dream that is from Glory will minister peace and hope. It will impart mission and joy. As with Joseph, through dreams and visions God showed him the way of deliverance for two nations. Agabus was warned by the Spirit in the same manner and God may warn you to avoid unforeseen trouble so you and your loved ones may prepare in advance.
Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.
Jesus is standing by you right now with abundant grace and provision to help you realize those dreams. He is the one who gives the sweetest dreams and He alone can cause them to come to pass.
And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days . . .
He will also pour out His enabling Holy Spirit upon you and He will give you sweet sleep and glorious dreams. He will then turn your dreams into realities. His dreams are always practical and will provide solution to whatever dilemma you may find yourself in.
Part of experiencing the atmosphere of Heaven is for you and your loved ones to have wonderful dreams and visions from the Lord. Your loving heavenly Father is an ever-present help in time of need and will guide you and your family into His large provision. Worshipping God will lift you to a place to see His provision and will activate the atmosphere of Heaven in your home this very day!
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls...
So many in the world work hard to achieve wealth, fame and “success” only to find that in the end they have found no real lasting peace and joy in their lives. They lived their life in stormy weather when the “storm whisperer” was with them all along . . .
Then Jesus arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still."
And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
IN THE GLORY GOD WILL MINISTER His supernatural peace. When His presence comes, the very first word that He will speak to us will always be the word “peace.”
Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, "Peace be with you."
9. SPIRITUAL IMMUNITY IN REVIVAL GLORY
In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely . . . When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defense.
Was it not you who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep, who made a road in the depths of the sea so that the redeemed might cross over?
For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over.
Ludwig Zinzendorf - Founder of Herrnhut and the 100 -year-long revival prayer meeting.
James - the brother of Jesus
Peter, James and John
Glory of God displayed
Mount of Transfiguration
The Stoning of Stephen
Glory on his face (Acts 6)
Saul's (Paul's) Glory Encounter with Jesus on Damascus Road (Acts 9)
Lucifer, the covetous, evil spirit of merchandising was cast out Heaven & is now on the earth (Rev.18)
The Apostle Paul of Tarsus
Virginia's Great Awakener
Charles G. Finney
Americas Second Great Awakening
May His holy presence sweetly and gently convict us of all our sins, convince us of His patient unwavering love and cause us to abide in His holy presence moment by moment. [John 15:1-5] The Lord wants us to enter the secret place of spiritual immunity. He wants to build a Holy Ghost glory ”fire wall” of protection around every Christian home that the enemy cannot penetrate. He wants us to live long, fruitful and joyous lives serving Him and others.
God is here right now to embrace you, to still your storm, to cause your “troublings” to cease -- to fill you with new oil and new wine and to break every yoke and remove every burden from your life!
One of the ways we learn to walk in His continuous peace and practice His tangible presence; one of the ways we can walk in “spiritual immunity” is to constantly be filled with His Holy Spirit and to worship the Lord.
MAINTAINING THE BENEFITS OF REVIVAL GLORY
Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
There is power in praise and worship. That's how we stay filled with the Holy Spirit. That's how we keep the countenance of revival on our faces. That's how we walk in the Holy Spirit and the glory realm.
REVIVAL GLORY IS CONDITIONAL
CAST OUT THE MONEY CHANGERS, OCCULTIC PREACHERS AND FALSE PROPHETS
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. ... Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit;
but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit,
neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. ...Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
There are too many in pulpits and on TV and radio today who preach to an offering. That's their primary motive which drives them to say what they say. Sad. People who claim to be prophets now are being invited to read Christain's mail and disclosing home addresses and even the security pin numbers on credit cards -- via familiar spirits. God's house is not to be made a spectacle for greedy preachers to turn into a magic show!
"I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness. Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, [and] not out of the mouth of the LORD."
But these same false prophets cannot and will not accurately predict one thing in the future. You see, fallen spirits only know details about the present and past -- though they are ancient intelligent beings and have been around for thousands of years, they are not omniscent.
“When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.”
“As for the prophet who prophesies of peace, when the word of the prophet comes to pass, the prophet will be known as one whom the LORD has truly sent.”
But only God lives in present, past AND FUTURE. That's why a true prophet accurately predicts the future! God is in him. Only God knows the future! How many false prophesies do these people have to mutter before believers wise up and STOP supporting them.
But these antics used to exploit God's precious people must stop. True prophets and pastors must rise up against it. They must actively resist it. It's giving Christianity a bad name and trouble from the IRS and Federal government.
That foul motive to preach to a money offering has been in the Church since the days of Cain.
Cain was greedy and held back a legitimate offering that God would accept. That same primitive spirit of greed led to envy which directly led to Cain's scheming his brother's murder.
Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord.
Abel also brought an offering of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat.
And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering.
And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?
If you do well, will you not be accepted? ... Now Cain argued with Abel his brother
And Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.
This was the same deceptive, greedy, power-hungry, religious demon of Cain that Elijah confronted on Mount Carmel. The ancient spirit of Baal was as alive in Elijah's day as it is today. And the holy fire of God will still consume any ministry that partakes of that greedy spirit. Listen to the solemn words of Elijah . . .
I alone am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it. Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.” . . .
Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again. ”Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!” And Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal! Do not let one of them escape!”
1 Kings 18:22ff
Spiritual Narcissists to be consumed
SEND DOWN THE FIRE OF ELIJAH!
Many in ministry use their gifts, intelligence, influence, material wealth, and charisma to communicate the gospel and even their own ministry partners and congregations (they call "giving units") to achieve thier own personal ambitions and to fulfill their selfish, narcissistic quest for influence and personal wealth. They love celebrity fame and personal wealth more than God -- that simple. God's Glory and presence will not co-exist with such counterfeit ministry. Bait and switch fundraising techniques will not favor them when it counts.
For the past 60 years the church in the West has sadly become foremost, a religious BUSINESS -- a religious enterprise conducted with wrong motives. But God is all about MOTIVES of the heart. Ministers are more into their building programs than the souls that sit in them.
At the judgment seat of Christ, sadly, their life's work will burn down to the foundations. Some will be in HELL - others to sadly dwell in the lowest level of Heaven called "LEAST." They will only have rare access to Christ and His cyrstal palaces for all eternity. They did not really want revival or God's will while they lived . . . they did stubble works - religious "good" works but their motive was to exalt themselves.
Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,
each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire;
and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built
on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss;
but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
1 Cor. 3:13f
So many ministry leaders today are full of smooth-talk Bible speak -- they employ humor, quips, and an abundance of "happy text" scriptures. They have become adept at using advertising, animation, light shows, hiring catchy soloists, and employing slick, high- tech gospel presentations to large audiences via TV and web/podcast uplink. They are fond of catchy phrases. They always seem to say all the right things. They love trying to attain to "celebrity status." They are always thinking about securing THEIR LEGACY. Sadly in the end, their legacy is a legacy of religious works that will burn - albeit slowly . . . (1 Cor 3:13ff)
Tragically, it is often mis-led pastors and TV ministries who welcome false prophets for short-term sizzle and dramatic fundraising. These are false shepherds as well who grieve the Spirit of God and who keep the fire and glory of God from falling in our services!
Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel.
Prophesy and say to those shepherds, Thus says the Lord God,
"Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock?"
JESUS' FIRST ACT IN THE JERUSALEM REVIVAL
With a righteous anger and a whip, Jesus drove from the Temple all who were in the ministry for greed and self promotion. These were the false PROPHETS who had taken up shop in the Court of the Gentiles. They did not teach or live God's truth as true PROPHETS.
The false ministry we are accustomed to seeing everywhere today is the same "for hire" religious demon that Peter confronted in the Book of Acts. There was a new believer named Simon that was motivated by vanity who was a spiritual legend in his own mind. His narcissistic desire to be recognized of men also caused him to succumb to this evil spirit
Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great,
to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the great power of God.” . . .
And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given,
he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands
may receive the Holy Spirit." But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you,
because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!
You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God.
Repent therefore of this your wickedness,and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you
For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”
He tried tp "purchase" an anointing by trying to bribe the apostles! The early church leaders knew that many would try to operate in the power of God for the purposes of gain and stoutly rebuked such religious operators realizing how pernicious the spirit of greed was to the Spirit of revival. James said the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil and greed and will welcome a spirit of deception . . .
Now a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession.
And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it,
and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said,
“Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit
and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?
While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control?
Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”
Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last.
One of the Churches greatest apostolic missionaries and the earliest missionary pioneer to Ireland
was Saint Patrick. Patrick boldly "declared the Glory of God" over Ireland.
One evening as he preached the gospel with signs and wonders, Patrick was confronted
by an occultic, celtic prophet. When this happened, all the villagers saw the
Holy Spirit supernaturally lift the false prophet high in the air and then to drop him
upon a large rock -- dead. After St. Patrick's victorious confrontation with the religious devils of greed and occult (which ruled the island for centuries), he was able to preach the truth of the Gospel with liberty and personally "dunked"/baptized over 1,000,000 converts in cool streams all across Ireland.
It was Martin Luther, (who fought the Church sponsored sale of indulgences)
John Knox, John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards, George Fox, Charles G. Finney --
all took the spirit of greed and avarice in the Church head-on and it was only
after those Mount Carmel confrontations that a spiritual awakening could break out.
Tragically, Luther did not maintain his sanctification in Christ for
in his later years he sadly became an anti-Semite.
It was D.L. Moody who vowed never to have special music or a rousing solo sung right before an
offering. He felt false, phony,-baloney preachers did this to "gin up" the emotions of the faithful
and that it was a form of witchcraft used by preachers to manipulate people to give "to the gospel
and missions" -- all too often so that the minister could live large. He respected the character and
intelligence of most good Christian folk and realized they would eventually lose heart in a revival when later on (after the service)
they would be broke, or feel taken advantage of and understood that this would cause resentment in the ranks. He was right on with his assessment -- so many now feel alienated from the ministry because they finally grew weary and got tired of being emotionally "worked," high pressured and manipulated by silver-tongued, Bible-toting, scripture-quoting, prosperity HUCKSTERS . . .
Until we burn wirh a zeal for righteousness and a desire for heavenly justice to invade the earth, it's all hype and noise in God's ears and a fake and tare-filled endeavor -- a spurious man and ministry-centered revival filled with greedy motives.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil,
for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness,
and pierced themselves through with many sorrows
1 Timothy 6:10
The beginning of every great awakening came when judgment came to the House of God first.
Paul and Peter (who knew a lot first hand about revival) warned us to judge ourselves
lest God have to do it (which is much more severe).
For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first,
what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
1 Peter 4:17
The first act of Jesus' "Awakening" in Jerusalem was to clear the House of God of hypocrites, greedy money changers, and charlatans (charismatic ministers who sound good but preach consistently to an offering.)
Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove
out all those who bought and sold in the temple,
and overturned the tables of the money changers
and the seats of those who sold doves.
And He said to them,
“It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer
but you have made it a ‘den of thieves' "
Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them . . .
Principle: When the pattern is right, the fire will fall . . .
Only when Jesus cleanses His House will the power of God come.
Interestingly, the money changers and material girly preachers will always gloss over the primary message of the Word of God. They deliberately stay away from the central message of revival, world missions and teaching the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Motivational fund- raising will always cause the true Gospel message to take a back seat to their chicanaries. So why did the religious crowd of Jesus' day choose to set up shop to fund-raise right on top of the Court of the Gentiles in the Temple? Satan had an agenda there.
This is where the Father ordained that prayer and intercession be offered up for the "ta ethne." (Missiologists estimate over 8,000 ethnic people groups exist in the world today with approximately 2,500 left to reach). His House was never intended to become a fund-raising machine for the aggrandizement of a few; but was intended to be a sacred place for prayer for all nations and to train and equip disciples to do the work of world missions!
Those ambitious greedy leaders who privately mock such teaching will sooner or later become an embarassment to God, themselves, their families and a by-word amongst the press and the nations. God is not mocked and their hypocrisies and excesses will one day be shouted from the house tops . . .
There are too many "household name" TV ministries who have fallen into sin these days to mention here. It would make the point more real but let's love them and pray for their recovery -- not cast stones from our glass houses! God forbid that the army of God would shoot its own wounded. No. I will not mention their names. But it's important to warn leaders to repent if they are eaten up with the spirit of ambition and materialism. But so many sadly practice "BAIT & SWITCH" techniques and they are raising the money to build oprhanages or to drill wells, etc. but then when the money comes in from the faithful and trusting -- they steal and secret the funds for their own spending sprees! Sick.
If these were stockbrokers the SEC would have them prosecuted and put in jail for FRAUD. Yes, these plethora of TV preachers are truly hindering revival and the cause of world missions.
Suffice it to say that it is the spirit of greed and materialism that leads to ALL sorts of evil -- ego-driven, personality cults, manipulations and witchcraft practices to fund-raise, adultery, infidelity, Jezebel self-exaltation and a craving for attention, lust, embezzelments, thefts. outright lying, using familar spirits to "read your mail," murder, ad nauseum . . .
God wants us to prosper
A Great Awakening takes money, time, labor and resources so God wants the satanic reservoirs of cash and wealth - the spoils of Baal and Egypt to be divinely transferred to the righteous in this hour. I believe billions of dollars will soon be pouring into the Church IF God's leaders are found trustworthy NOT to spend it on themselves as they have in time past.
And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth,
that He may establish His covenant...