The Last Day Revival, The Rapture (March, 2023)
Many of us have been reading and listening to the details of revival at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. These revivals have been recently popping up across the U.S. The Asbury revival began by a call to repentance in their chapel service, then praise and worship, then students flooding the altars to repent of their sins. Many have consecrated their lives afresh and anew to Jesus. In other words, Jesus chose to walk into the room, meeting them in His Holy Presence. Those who have been there are staying in His Presence for hours.
I know that I have personally been praying and preaching about revival for 47 years, so when I hear about this move of God, I have unspeakable joy flood my soul. The best way to try to explain it is that the first fruits of our prayers are now breaking forth. We have read about revivals where multitudes of people are born again, prodigals return to the Lord, the miraculous takes place, and healings, signs, wonders and manifestations of our Almighty God are present.
You may have visited the Toronto Revival in Canada or maybe the Pensacola Revival in Florida. I was honored to visit both. I had also planned going to Asbury, but I got COVID. (I am quarantined in this time of my writing). All revivals have been birthed by a hunger for more of God and a strong desire (to the point of ongoing fervent prayers) for a move of our Lord. Have you been praying for this? If not, I beg you to pray. God will answer with a move of His Spirit, if we will ask Him.
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Mt. 5:6). To “hunger and thirst” for this righteousness, means that you REALLY desire it; that you desire this “right-ness” with God and others as much as you desire your daily food and water. It is a strong desire for that righteousness. THAT is what this Beatitude basically means: to have a strong desire to be “right” (in right standing), especially with God.
I have been sitting in the Presence of the Lord playing the revival music from Asbury. All I can do is weep. There is nothing like His Presence. His unconditional love embraces me. I find myself repenting of anything that comes to mind that might displease Him. I find myself giving all that I am to Him over and over. All I desire to do is worship Him. Church, it is time to “sit at His feet” (Lk. 10:39). His Presence is what will make the difference. When He walks into the room with His tangible Presence, you will see the difference in your life and the lives of others. Saints, let’s pray.
We read in Acts 3:19, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;” The church has been asleep, but I decree it is being shaken by our great God. “Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days (2,000 years) will he revive us: in the third day (moving into the Year of 3,000) he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. (Don’t view the 2,000 years as our calendar but God’s calendar.) Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth” (Hosea 6:1-3). “The latter and former rain” will bring the great harvest of God’s will and Souls. Let us prepare. Following this revival, Jesus will come and take His bride home. Are you ready? It will be a quick work. Please don’t put it off. You don’t want it to be too late.