Global Revival Fires
We are in an exciting time—because God is on the move. Just as His prophets foretold, God is pouring out His Spirit on all flesh, and we are currently in the greatest global revival in history.
According to Dr. Peter Wagner, around 180,000 people are getting saved every single day. That's an estimated 35,000 in India, 30,000 in mainland China, and the rest dispersed all over the world. In Brazil today approximately 40% of the population is born again—and the numbers keep rising!
Amazing things are happening globally. But how many of you know that America needs revival?
Let me share with you my definition of what Revival—with a capital "R"—looks like:
"Revival is His Arrival, when the Kingdom of Heaven comes and His glory covers the earth as the waters cover the sea."
There are three distinct characteristics of Revival:
1. Rekindling First Love
The first sign of Revival is when the Church returns to her first love.
When the Lord is calling for His people to return to Him, the word "return" means to repent (see Joel 2:12 and Rev. 2:4-5). A foundational aspect of Revival is that it includes repentance.
Simply put: Revival starts with the Church. It starts when we get right with God.
2. A Massive Harvest
The second sign of Revival is when unbelievers are awakened and there is a mass harvest of souls.
When I first met Christ in 1973, it was during the Jesus People Movement—a time when there were huge numbers of souls saved. I vividly remember it being remarkably easy to lead people to the Lord in that season.
When you look back at the great revivals throughout history, you can see that Revival doesn't just touch the Church—it touches unbelievers en masse.
Let me just say that when Revival comes to Los Angeles, we will not have enough church buildings to hold everyone in. We'll have to go to stadiums! I see AzusaNow, the recent gathering that was held in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, as a precursor for what's to come.
I believe we are on the verge of a Third Great Awakening. At HRock Church we see souls saved at every service we have on a weekly basis. But it's not yet the Great Harvest that the Lord showed me in a dream all the way back in 1983.
I know without a doubt that Revival is coming. We are on the verge of it. Everything that is happening—with stirrings in San Diego, our 10th annual Revival Alliance Conference and the 110th anniversary of Azusa Street—it's all leading up to the Billion Soul Harvest that Bob Jones prophesied.
We are going to see the Lord pour out His glory over all the earth. And we need to get ready for it.
3. TRANSFORMATION OF Society
The third sign of Revival: You know you are in the midst of Revival when you see society being transformed.
Consider the story of a young man from Wales:
At the turn of the 20th century, there was a young Welshman named Evan Roberts. He came to a point in his life where he decided to leave his job in the coal mines to study for the ministry. To put it plainly, Roberts was desperate for more of God. So he gathered a group of young people around him, and together they prayed persistently for 11 years, asking God to pour out His Spirit.
The Flames Start to Spread
Sparks of Revival started to be seen in early 1904, at a morning prayer meeting at Moriah Chapel in Loughor, Wales. Responding to an invitation to share with the others, a young lady who had recently given her life to the Lord stood up and said, "I love Jesus Christ with all my heart."
That was all it took for the Holy Spirit to spark a fire in the lives of everyone there.
That holy fire would go from a small prayer gathering to reach the surrounding towns, regions and the entire nation. In just six months, 150,000 people got saved during what is now known as the Welsh Revival.
Extraordinary Signs of Revival
That Christmas was the most glorious Christmas for Welsh families. Instead of drinking away their Christmas bonuses, the coal miners decided to buy toys for their children. The fathers now wanted to go to church on Christmas Day and on Sundays.
The Welsh way of life saw such transformation that even the animals felt the impact! In fact, the mules and ponies that would carry the carts of coal for the miners became totally confused. Before, the coal miners would curse at their mules and abuse them to direct them on their way. But now they were speaking kindly to them, so the animals didn't know what to do anymore. The coal miners actually had to retrain them. Now that's Revival!
In the country at large, society underwent a radical transformation: The jail cells were now empty. The bars were closed. They even suspended soccer games for a number of years—because Revival was that strong.
That's what I want to see: God doing such amazing things as society is transformed by the power of His Spirit.
Remember: It just starts with one person in love with Jesus. Fall more in love with Him and you can be that very person.
Ché Ahn and his wife, Sue, are the Founding Pastors of HRock Church in Pasadena, California. Ché serves as the Founder and President of Harvest International Ministry (HIM) and the International Chancellor of Wagner Leadership Institute (WLI). With a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, he has played a key role in many strategic outreaches on local, national and international levels. He has written more than a dozen books and travels extensively throughout the world, bringing apostolic insight with an impartation of renewal, healing and evangelism.
Che Ahn's Itinerary:
April 28-30, 2016
Prophetic Destiny International and Elijah House/Atlanta, GA
May 5-7, 2016
Eyes & Wings: Montana
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May 12-15, 2016
Association of Churches “House of Life”