Are We In Revival
May 31, 2008
Nearly every great general of God for the last one hundred years such as John Alexander Dowie, John G. Lake, Smith Wigglesworth, Maria Woodworth-Etter, Aimee Semple-McPherson, William Branham, Oral Roberts, Kathryn Kuhlman, Kenneth Hagin and Benny Hinn, among many others have prophesied about a great world-sweeping revival that would usher in the coming of God’s Kingdom through Yeshua the Messiah. They were all caught up in the Holy Spirit and saw this great end-time grand finale. Each one said in their own ways that this last move would be greater than any before it. It would fulfill the great commission and would be immediately followed by the Judgment of God upon the earth.
For many years, I read after these great men and women and others. I still admire them greatly and I am truly thankful for their paving the way for us with the Pentacostal movement during the past 100 years. In 1989, the Lord visited me, clearly spoke to me, and said:
“Now put the books and audio messages away. It’s time to read MY book. Eat and drink it. Meditate upon it day and night. Give yourself to Me in prayer and intercession. Devote yourself to Me. Pray without ceasing. Worship Me. Go into Me deeply and I will prepare you for the greatest hour that is yet to come. If you will choose Me above all else in your life, I will protect you from the deceptions of the coming days, and will keep you on the forefront of the move of My Spirit until I return.”
Then God called me into ministry. For ten years, I ministered around the world. Then, after 9/11, Satan did all he could to stop me. Starting about seven years ago, he tried to destroy me by taking everything away from me that mattered in the natural. He failed. I am still here. I just chose to simplify my life and kept going anyway. I stripped from my life everything but what REALLY MATTERED for eternity. I stopped doing everything else but these five things starting with the letter “P”: I pray, practice (violin/worship), preach, perform, and prophesy. At least one half of my day belongs to God. I stay before Him for hours and hours every day. God has since restored everything, but I must confess that it hardly matters to me whether I have much or little, have a big name or a little one, or am popular or hated. I DON’T CARE ANYMORE about all those things. God burned it out of me, by His grace. Whether I live or die, I am the Lord’s.
Now as the days became weeks, the weeks became months, and the months have even turned into years, God has been purifying me in His fire. He has been transforming my inner man. I am seeing the Lord and experiencing things that I never have before. But the Lord has not allowed me to share much about it. He has had me release revelations from past years mainly so far.
But this I am instructed to share with you, Beloved:
We have just past into another season. The Body of Messiah is about to be hit by REAL REVIVAL. The REAL THING. You see, we have tried to manufacture our own versions of “revival” for the past forty years. We have produced very little from eternity’s perspective. We have definitely put on some great shows, though. And yes, I admit, the Holy Spirit HAS moved to refresh us, to strengthen us, and to win a little ground for God’s Kingdom. I am thankful for everything that advances the Gospel in the earth. Every few years, I see someone rise up with a move of refreshing and they have all called it being “in revival”. There has even been a little glory released from heaven here and there. I have been a part of most of these as I played my violin and worshipped: including Norel Hayes’ revival in Dallas, TX in 1985; the revival of prayer and spiritual warfare of the late 1980’s with Larry Lea and others; Benny’s Hinn’s ministry of healing and revival since 1992-present; the outpouring of joy through Rodney Howard-Browne from 1992-1995, The Brownsville revival in Pensacola from 1995-1998, the Russian-Jewish mass evangelism with Jonathan Bernis in Eastern Europe and Russia in the mid 1990’s, one of the prophetic and apostolic restoration movements through Ulf Ekman in Sweden for seven years in the 1990’s, and most recently the meetings I have been in with Heidi Baker, Ed Silvoso in Argentina, Dr. Niko in Indonesia, Tom Hess in Asia and Jerusalem, and finally last month in Jerusalem, Israel celebrating the 60th anniversary of the nation, among others.
Now as I am writing this, I am listening to Todd Bentley in Florida via the internet and GOD TV. It is genuine. It is real. I love the worship that I am hearing. My prayer is that it keeps growing and touches even more millions. Amen.
However, I am left still hungry and thirsty. I feel as if I have been tantalized - only to be left in the desert like before. I have heard all these words of “revival” for so long. I am TIRED of hearing just words! I would rather spend time with God at home and get to go to heaven in the Spirit and worship for a while, than to have to endure the all the carnality, the awful music, and the selfish religious games of the Laodician church pretending to be “in revival”. I am simply so tired of all of the hype about everything else but Yeshua and the true Gospel being preached.
Many of you think that I am cynical, but I’m not. I just know that there is SO MUCH MORE!!
Tonight, though, I felt Todd in this meeting is reaching a high water mark. I know that God uses foolish things and simple people to do great works in the earth. But, I am tired of all these flaky Christians jumping on yet another “revival bandwagon” and using it like a 1960’s drug experience. I have seen and participated in this for most of my adult life. I’ve just have had enough. Where is the true repentance of the Biblical revivals and the great moves of God in history where whole cities, regions and nations are TRANSFORMED? Is God no longer Holy? Is it to be just a big party where we hug each other and make ourselves feel better for a little while only to go home and be EXACTLY the same?
I like Todd and what he is doing. I understand him. He is a good man. I have had to preach and bring healing to the church too for nearly twenty years. It is HARD WORK. AND I know that if this continues, the secular realm will be touched. Maybe, this healing/refreshing revival will actually get past just the church realm and reach out into the world. I am longing for what the saints of old saw: TRUE REPENTANCE AND SALVATION/HEALING REVIVAL. Is THIS the one that really will birth it? I sure hope so…after all, Todd was trumpeting that 14 people have now been raised from the dead. Wow. But, wait a minute, can’t the dead be raised without advertising it for an hour like a used-car salesman?
Beloved, we still have a long way to go…pray for Todd and let’s have faith that it will continue and move from glory to glory. We need at least one hundred thousand meetings like Todd Bentley’s revival going on right now all over the earth at the same time. God will have His way, before it is all over!
Praise the Lord!
Shalom in our Messiah,