I’m sure that you would agree that we are all living through a very trying time. This pandemic (COVID-19) that has struck the world is causing concern, fear, and in some cases…panic.
However, I would like to share with you a message of hope and expectation. There is more going on here than meets the eye.
Our God is doing something!
He is allowing something to happen on the earth that is going to open the door for something great and wonderful.
But I am getting ahead of myself…
About three months ago, I received a dream. (BTW – I rarely remember any of my dreams) This dream was very vivid and I can still remember it very clearly. In the dream, a revival (a true spiritual movement of the Holy Spirit) swept across America and the whole world. Thousands were coming to Christ and being truly “born-again.” Many who had been members of institutional churches for years came alive spiritually and began seeking a more biblical life-giving experience of “church.” I knew this dream was from the Lord.
Worldwide revival, spiritual movement.
- Many people coming to Christ.
- Many “Christians” leaving the I.C. (institutional church) for the reality of the Body life. That is, community life with all the members functioning under the headship of Christ.
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- That this would be the biggest and most widespread movement (or revival) in history.
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Well, I didn’t share this dream with anyone except my wife. Of course, I had no idea when this would happen.
Then…three months after this dream, a virus spreads all over the world!
Then I began thinking about how God has used situations like this before to move by His Spirit over the earth. It has happened many times in history.
This pandemic of corona virus is the largest worldwide crisis in history! And you and I are living through it. I believe it is all part of God’s plan to reach the people of this world with His good news. It’s also for those Christians who are stuck in the religious “system.” That is, those believers who may be “attending” church but are not living in a community of believers under the life and headship of Christ.
So let’s take a look at some of the movements of the past and see how God moved after a major crisis.
The Crisis – Age of Reason or “Enlightenment.”
A philosophical movement that promoted the idea that humanity could be improved through rational thought and change. Promoters were Francis Bacon and Isaac Newton.
- The Great Awakening (1720 – 1745) in the American colonies. Emphasis was on the individual’s personal spiritual experience without the need of “clergymen.”
The Crisis – Started in England – the moral decline following the war of independence in America, the French Revolution, infidelity and rationalism in Europe.
- Second Worldwide Awakening of 1792 – lasted 30 years and went “viral” and had a remarkable effect on world missions. Started in Yorkshire, England and effected England, Wales, Scotland. Promoters were Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley, Robert Haldanes, and Thomas Chalmers.
There were also third, fourth, and fifth worldwide awakenings!
There was also the Welsh revival in 1904, which spread to Europe, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, the Balkans and Russia. Then into America which gave birth to the modern Pentecostal movement.
The Crisis of 1929 – the Great Depression
- Revival of Evangelicalism in 1940 in America and Europe with preachers such as Billy Graham and Oral Roberts
The Crisis – (1955 – 1975) – Tensions with the U.S. and the Soviet Union over control in Southeast Asia caused the twenty year war in Vietnam. Young men were moving to Canada and many were protesting in the U.S.
Many young people were evading and protesting the war in Vietnam. This is when the Hippie movement began.
Jesus People Movement
The Holy Spirit moved in a powerful way during this time in America and Europe with thousands of young people coming to Christ. My wife and I came to the Lord during that movement.
It began in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s in the west coast of America and spread primarily throughout North America, Europe, and Central America.
Some of the leaders were Chuck Smith, Arthur Blessit, Lonnie Frisbee, John Wimber, and Juan Carlos Ortiz.
It has been over 50 years since the Jesus People Movement. My point in all of this is to show you that God has always moved by His Spirit after times of crisis in the world.
Now, in 2020, we are upon another one! And this is a big one.
I have no doubt in my mind and spirit that God will be moving again over the earth in a big way.
The Big Question
The question that is begging to be asked is: “as believers, are we ready for this new move of the Spirit?” Or are we only focused on the crisis? Are we obsessed with watching the news on all our various devices? Are we believing all the “information” the media is feeding us?
Are we seeking the Lord for what His purpose is in all of this? I don’t believe that God directly started this virus. However, remember the story of Job. God allowed Satan to touch Job’s body. God is allowing this “plague” for His own purposes. This world has definitely moved far away from Him and He is now intervening. I strongly believe that this intervention means a worldwide movement of His Spirit like we have never seen.
So…if this is true, then how can we all get involved?
Here are a few suggestions:
Ask the Lord to show you if this is true. If He does that, then seek Him to know how you should pray and how He wants you to get involved. If you are finding others who are sensing the same thing, then get together for prayer with them. It’s fine to pray for the victims of the pandemic, but remember that our two-fold focus is: 1) the moving of the Holy Spirit on the earth to bring folks to Christ and His church, 2) the setting free of believers from the institutional church system.
Share this hope and expectation with other believers, non-believers, and family and friends. This world needs hope and our Lord is the only real Hope!
Share this message of hope wherever and whenever you can. Share it on Facebook, your blogs, YouTube, email, and any other way you can think of. Please feel free to link to this article and/or copy and paste it (in its entirety) into an email and send to your friends.
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